It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Regardless of your favorite season, the holidays hold a special place in nearly everyone’s heart. Kicking off the holiday season is Thanksgiving, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. While tradition puts the first Thanksgiving in 1621, it was not an official holiday until two hundred years later, in 1863.
There are many traditions that surround an American Thanksgiving. The iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the epitome of all parades, known for star studded floats and massive inflatable balloons high above city streets. Contrary to popular belief, Macy’s was not the first department store to hold such a celebration. In 1920, Gimbel’s Department Store held the first Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Four years later, Macy’s saw the potential for publicity and increased holiday profits. When they joined the festivities, they quickly dominated all other parades in prominence.
The earliest harvest festivals included sports and games; therefore it should be no surprise that we have our own classic sporting event for Thanksgiving. The popularity of football has extended beyond the big game on TV and is often manifested in backyard rivalries while dinner cooks. Of course, a big meal with family and friends is the most beloved of rituals; and although some folks have different items on the menu, the hands-down favorite on Thanksgiving is turkey. In fact, over 95% of Americans have turkey on the table – from brined to deep fried to roasted, we love our holiday bird.
Speaking of the holiday table, Blossom Flower Shops have the vibrant seasonal flowers that will perfectly set the tone for your holiday meal. These bouquets and arrangements also make thoughtful gifts if you are a guest at that table. Orange lilies and roses, sunflowers and cattails – we can help you to create the perfect autumn arrangement. From White Plains to Yonkers and beyond, Blossom wishes everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of tradition!