VERIFY: Thanksgiving fact or fiction?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and our Verify Team decided to tackle some so-called facts about the history of this holiday.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and our Verify Team decided to tackle some so-called facts about the history of this holiday. 

The first Thanksgiving was in November, right?

Although this one seems like a no-brainer, it is false. According to historians, the first one was sometime between late September and the middle of October after the harvest. 

We eat turkey because the pilgrims ate turkey, right? 

Not quite, the pilgrims feasted on venison. Colonist Edward Winslow wrote about the five deer brought to the dinner by the Wampanoag Indians. 

So, what about the idea that the pilgrims had a thanksgiving feast every year? 

Unfortunately, this is also a myth. There is no record that they had a similar feast in later years. In fact, historians say it was unlikely because of the struggles they faced.

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