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Busy holiday season begins Thursday

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Greetings Everyone!Are you ready for Thanksgiving?Hopkins County will kick-off the holiday season with the chamber of commerce’s annual Farm City Breakfast today at 6:30 a.m. at the Greater Lighthouse Church. The event will be recognizing farm families, 4-H, FFA and agriculture in Hopkins County. The event is free and open to the public.

Charles and I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that you will take time to share your blessings with family and friends and remember those less fortunate during this time of year with your donations, kindness and prayers. This is one of the busiest travel days, so please allow extra time and patience for travel. Many businesses will be closed this year for Thanksgiving, so their employees may spend it with their families, so plan ahead for those last minute necessities.Thanksgiving Facts and Trivia: The first Thanksgiving in 1621, lasted 3 days. It was a vegetarian meal. There wasn’t any turkey, milk, cheese, bread, butter, mashed potatoes, corn or pumpkin pie. The eating utensils were spoons and knives. It was a gathering of about 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. Thanksgiving began as a religious observance to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and good fortune during the past year.Sarah Hale began campaigning in 1827 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday. Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fFourth Thursday of November. Swanson created frozen TV dinners in 1953, as a way to use leftover turkey. Campbell’s Soup created the green bean casserole in 1955 for a cookbook. Today they sell over $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup.46 Million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving. The most turkeys are eaten in California. The average turkey weighs 16 lbs. Eight-eight percent of Americans eat turkey on …



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