If Charles Dickens is “the man who invented Christmas,” then Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request) is “the man who invented Thanksgiving” – and we have MANY, MANY posts about Dickinson and his connection and Turkey Day. To read all about it in our plog (poetry blog), just click HERE and scroll down. At the bottom of each page, click “previous” to take you to even more posts about the poet and the holiday.
Dickinson, the inventor of the haiku (information HERE), established the haiku as the official poetry form for Thanksgiving, and many of his holiday haikus are included in the plog posts linked above. Three more are below.
In addition to the Thanksgiving poems and holiday trivia/facts presented in our plog (poetry blog) linked above, did you know that Emmett Lee Dickinson invented...
* The term "jive turkey"
* Black Friday (plus, he changed the name of "the holiday season" to "the shopping season")
* Turkey jerky
* Green bean casserole
* The marching band (noted at the bottom of this page, HERE) and holiday parades
* Cranberry sauce (although Dickinson's original sauce contained a significant amount of alcohol -- hence, the origin of the word "sauced" to mean "drunk")