The Thanksgiving season is one that is overflowing with tradition and custom, both those passed down through the centuries and those our families have originated. At Robertson’s Flowers, we understand traditions, We have been providing beautiful and award-winning floral arrangements and bouquets to Philadelphia and the Main Line for nearly 9 decades,and our entire team looks forward to playing a small part in your family’s Thanksgiving traditions.
No one really knows if there was turkey served at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 – the recorded accounts seem to indicate that there was not. Instead, the settlers and the Wampanoag Indians shared venison, lobster, and clams, along with fruit, berries, and gourds. However, in the late 1700’s, Alexander Hamilton asserted that “no citizen should be without a turkey on Thanksgiving”, so at some point, the turkey was given the dubious distinction of being our holiday meal. On Thanksgiving Day in 2016, 88% of Americans will eat turkey.
From the establishment of the national holiday in 1863, the choicest turkey was delivered to the White House each year for the big dinner. John F. Kennedy is reported to have said “Let’s just let this one live” when he was ceremonially presented with his Thanksgiving bird. Since that time, the president officially pardons one lucky bird each year – and yes, it is a lifetime pardon.
A Few Good Years
Many of the Thanksgiving traditions we hold so dear began in the same time frame as our very own flower shop. In 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade got off the ground, and by 1927 their balloons were also off the ground, with Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse being the first of the iconic inflatables. In 1934, the Detroit Lions began the tradition of playing football on Thanksgiving Day, and they have taken the field every holiday since.
The Times Keep Changing
New twists on Thanksgiving traditions are inevitable. For the last two decades, deep fried turkey has gained a loyal and ever-growing fan base. This Cajun version of the holiday classic cooks rapidly and results in a delicious bird;. Many purists miss the aroma of a roasting turkey filling the air all afternoon, however, and refuse to give up the slow-cooked delicacy. Another uniquely contemporary trend is that of heading straight out to the stores for Black Friday sales; in fact, a small but growing group has been observing a new tradition. Trading a home cooked meal for eating at a restaurant, they put themselves in close proximity to the bargains and skip the cleanup.
Whatever your idea of the perfect Thanksgiving, Robertson Flower’s has the centerpieces, bouquets, and arrangements that are far from your standard floral fare. Make gorgeous Thanksgiving flowers a new tradition in your home this year – give us a call to get your order in early.