History of Flowers and Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Holiday is much more than just a feast of turkey and the Thanksgiving Day parade. You should know the amazing facts about the history of this holiday that we celebrate every year. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, while Canadians celebrate this holiday on the second Monday of October. Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated in order to commemorate a feast that was held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
When is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving Day starts the most exciting festivities of the year. In early October 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation,’ and officially chose the last Thursday of November for Thanksgiving Day. Since some years have four or five weeks in November, President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially set aside the fourth Thursday as the national day for Thanksgiving. The Congress approved his declaration a few years later.
The First Thanksgiving Day(s)
You may have been told the history of Thanksgiving before, and you will agree with me that it is one worth sharing again and again.
Experts estimate the first Thanksgiving to 1621 when religious refugees from England (referred to as the Pilgrims) extended an invitation to the neighboring native Indians (the local Wampanoag tribe) to feast with them after a fruitful harvest at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.
It is worth noting that the Pilgrims believe that such a bountiful harvest calls for merriment as it is never an obvious thing. Thanksgiving feast lasted three days—people loved to party “hard” during that period.
Flowers for Thanksgiving Day
Just as before, Thanksgiving Day is still all about feasting with family and friends, and being thankful for a bountiful harvest, which may be literally or figuratively. The introduction of flowers makes Thanksgiving a very special holiday. In addition to transforming your table and home into a masterpiece, flowers make perfect thoughtful Thanksgiving gifts.
As with all kinds of special occasions, flowers make Thanksgiving more unforgettable and beautiful. In fact, the Thanksgiving table is incomplete without a gorgeous fall-inspired floral centerpiece or cornucopia (horn of plenty) in orange, red, burgundy, and yellow—the colors of autumn. Aside from transforming your home or your tablescape into a masterpiece, they also make tasteful and thoughtful Thanksgiving hottest gifts.
If the Thanksgiving centerpiece is harvest-inspired, people incorporate edible arrangements with berries, vegetables, or fruits.
Amazing Facts about Thanksgiving Day
- Turkeys see up to 260-degree angle of view with their eyes.
- Turkeys can have heart attacks
- Only half of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower lived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving ceremony held in 1621.
- Out of 150 people (50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians) who attended the Thanksgiving ceremony, only five women were present.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted turkey to be the national bird of the US. Thomas Johnson opposed the idea. He even nick named the male turkey “tom” in order to piss Franklin off.
- The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade tradition started in the 1920s championed by the first-generation immigrant employees of Macy’s. This celebration was linked to the traditional festivals of their homelands.
- Turkey was not in the menu in the first Thanksgiving ceremony. The menu included duck, goose, venison, oysters, eel, fish, and lobster.
- In 1955, frozen, fully stuffed turkeys, which are ready to cook, were introduced
- California is the largest consumer of turkey in the US.
- Sarah Joseph Hale, the writer of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” convinced Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing him letters for about 17 years.
- Four towns in the US are named Turkey
Flower of the Month December: Stargazer
One of the most stunning and perhaps most celebrated lily varieties is the star gazer lily. Known for its striking blooms and heavenly scent, the stargazer is a fantastic choice for a number of occasions. Stargazer lilies are young, bold, beautiful, and dramatic. The meaning of these fragrant flowers can be one of wealth, prosperity and ambition, but their white variety can genuinely express purity and sympathy.
Some fun facts about them:
- If you suffer from allergies, there is no need to worry because the pollen can be removed from these flowers. Not only does this benefit your allergies, but it also prevents any potential mess from the pollen falling onto the table below.
- Stargazers are not only loved for their beauty, but also their sweet scent. Their smell is quite strong and has a way of filling a room.
- Stargazers are a long lasting flower. They can last upwards of 2 weeks as the old blooms die, cut them off to promote the other blooms.
- Since the flowers rely so much on nutrients, you must make sure that you add flower food to the water. This helps regulate bacterial growth as well as providing the flowers with extra nutrients.
- The flowers of Stargazer lilies are large, growing to be 6 to 12 inches in diameter, and they grow towards the sky, appearing to gaze upwards.
Flower of the Month November: Spray Roses Peach
Roses come in different varieties mainly spray roses, shrub roses and single roses. A spray rose is smaller and miniature version of common rose. Spray roses can be used in many different ways. One of the most popular ways is in corsages and boutonnieres. These are the perfect size for this. They can also be used in floral arrangements with their full stem. The Peach spray rose symbolizes Desire and fascination.
Some Facts about Spray Roses:
Dahlia flower is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. There is something special to it that can only be described by looking at a Dahlia flower. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 2 inches diameter or up to 1 foot. Dahlia’s display a vast array of hues, with the exception of blue. To keep your cut dahlias looking their best for as long as possible, place your vase in a cool shady spot. Trim the stems regularly and change the water every couple of days. When given as a gift, the dahlia flower expresses sentiments of dignity and elegance. It is also the symbol of a commitment and bond that lasts forever.
Some Fun Facts about Dahlias:
- Spray roses are usually referred to as sweetheart roses.
- We usually call the sharp spikes on the stem of a rose bush “thorns“. But these are in fact technically prickles.
- Spray roses usually have 3 to 5 blooms per stem.
- Spray roses come in most of the same colors as single bloom roses and have lots of the same traits.
The tall, striking spike of gladiolus is one of the most eye-catching flowers. Just as popular as garden plants and cut flowers, these slender beauties can grow up to five feet tall. They also come in nearly every color. In cut flower bouquets they are usually sent with a couple of the buds open near the base, the rest will open in succession over the life of your bouquet. You can remove the older blooms after they wilt to improve the overall appearance of your arrangement. Gladiolus are symbolized by Strength of Character, Honor, and Infatuation.
Some facts are:
- Dahlias are the national flower of Mexico because that is its native habitat.
- The dahlia flower is used for flower arrangements to celebrate love and marriage
- Dahlias belong to the same family as daisies and sunflowers
- Dahlias grow from tubers in the ground, just like potatoes.
- In China, it is believed the gladiolus can help people who have passed away find the heavens.
- Victorian romantics believed the gladiolus flowers were capable of piercing someone’s heart with their beauty causing infatuation.
- Gladioli “Glads” are also called sword lilies because of their sharply pointed leaves and tall stalks of flowers with pointed tips. The Latin name for Gladiolus is gladius, a clear reference to the sword-swinging gladiators of ancient Rome.
- Gladiolus is the official 40th anniversary flower.