November 26, 2020 – National Cake Day | Thanksgiving Day

Did You Know That There Was No Pie At The First Thanksgiving? That’s As Good A Reason As Any To Say: Let Them Eat Cake!

Welcome to November 26th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we give thanks for a favorite dessert and a meal that brings us together.

Today is National Cake Day and make no mistake, cake and ice cream is America’s favorite dessert.  Who can say if we invent reasons to serve it or if there is an unwritten law about special occasions that says “you gotta have a cake.”  The word comes from the Old Norse “kaka” and because of the lack of ingredients the cakes made by the Vikings looked more like gingerbread.  Hmm.  We know you’re saving all your room for pie today, but my family loves a cake that I serve that has layers of pumpkin and whipped cream and pecans.  So like I said, no matter what the occasion: there’s a cake for that.

Sarah Hale is not someone most of us know by name, but she contributed two significant things to American culture. First, she was the author of the classic nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb. Second, and more importantly, she played a key role in our celebration of Thanksgiving. In 1862, she wrote to President Lincoln, asking him to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Though he didn’t respond for another year, in the midst of the Civil War, Lincoln fulfilled her request. He declared the holiday, asking Americans to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer. We carry on that tradition today in many different ways but Thanksgiving Day is still an opportunity to bring family and friends together in the spirit of gratitude.  

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