A Poor Man's Thanksgiving
Before 1939, Thanksgiving was held on the last Thursday of the month. Due to a flagging economy, then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt moved it back a week to grant merchants an extra shopping week before Christmas. When this method proved ineffective, Congress passed a law declaring Thanksgiving the last Thursday.
Though turkey is the main event for many celebrators, during the Great Depression, many families could not afford meat. Due to the inflated food prices, families made everything they could from scratch. Some recipes used include chestnut stuffing and candied sweet potatoes.
Nowadays, food costs and unemployment are also high. Looking at a Great Depression Thanksgiving is a way to remember that food really is not the most important aspect of the holiday. Get creative with recipes and focus more on catching up with your loved ones.