Thanksgiving through the Decades

Thanksgiving has come a long way since the 1600s but how did it become what it is today? It wasn’t through drastic changes but subtle traditions that formed over decades to become the Thanksgiving that we know and love.

Here are what the decades gave us:

The 20’s:

  • The NFL starts playing football on Thanksgiving
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City is born

The 30’s:

  • The Detroit Lions began playing home games every Thanksgiving

The 40’s:

  • The National Turkey Federation begins presenting a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President of the United States

The 50’s:

  • The day after Thanksgiving becomes known as Black Friday
  • The Macy’s Day Parade becomes televised
  • NFL games are televised for Thanksgiving day

The 60’s:

  • The Dallas Cowboys began playing home games every Thanksgiving

The 70’s:

  • Stove Top stuffing was invented

The 80’s:

  • NFL Commentator John Madden makes turducken popular during TV broadcast

The 90’s:

  • Cook’s Illustrated makes brining a turkey a trend

The 2000’s:

  • NFL adds 3rd game to Thanksgiving night

The 2010’s:

  • Stores begin closing on Thanksgiving day to promote family time

What are some of your family’s traditions? Do you snap a wishbone with your mom, or have a special thanksgiving dessert? Tell us in the comments!

For more Thanksgiving traditions click here!

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