Thanksgiving 2023: The days around it have also taken on special significance and Drinksgiving is one of them.
While many holidays have fixed dates, Thanksgiving always occurs on the same day of the week, even if the date varies.
This tradition dates back to 1941 when a resolution was passed establishing the fourth Thursday of November as the official Thanksgiving Day, thereby ensuring a continuous Christmas shopping season during the five-Thursday November.
However, why Thursday? Historically, Thursday was chosen because it was convenient for the early Puritan settlers. Sunday, being the Sabbath, was not suitable for feasts, and Friday was designated for fasting, making them also inconvenient.
With Thursday emerging as a day when ministers often lectured in New England, it became a practical alternative to Thanksgiving, developing into a tradition over the years.
The days surrounding Thanksgiving have also taken on special significance. Thanksgiving Eve, or “Drinksgiving”, has become a widely celebrated occasion, marking the beginning of a four-day weekend for many Americans. It is a day to gather with friends before spending time with family.
As far as the Friday after Thanksgiving goes, the infamous Black Friday traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season with massive deals. While Black Friday remains popular, deals now extend from days to weeks before and after the official day. Additionally, Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, offers special deals to online shoppers.
Beyond family gatherings, “Friendsgiving” has gained popularity. This Thanksgiving celebration with friends has no set date, allowing friends to coordinate a day’s worth of shared drinks and food.
In short, the Thursday tradition of Thanksgiving has deep historical roots, shaped by considerations of convenience and the need for a persistent shopping season.
The days surrounding Thanksgiving have evolved into unique celebrations blending tradition with modern day celebrations.