Gordon Boswell

Thanksgiving Celebrations and Customs

This is a favorite time of the year for many people. With the weather cooling off, the landscape changing, and family and friends preparing for the holiday season – autumn is truly a special time. We love the vivid colors of fall – the reds, oranges, and golds are rich and luxurious and give off an inviting air. At Gordon Boswell, we have been decorating Fort Worth homes with the magic of Thanksgiving for nearly 100 years.

Gordon Boswell opened its doors in 1919, and we have seen a lot of Thanksgiving celebrations since then. In fact, although the first Thanksgiving was in 1621, and it became an official holiday in 1863, some of our other favorite traditions actually came about after our flower shop! For instance, it was five years later, in 1924, when the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade began. The parade was the idea of many Macy’s employees who were immigrants and wanted to celebrate their gratitude. Originally, balloons were released into the sky at the end of the parade, but within 10 years the famous Macy’s Day balloons made their debut, with Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse being the first two characters.

Our shop also predated another one of our favorite Thanksgiving celebrations – football! Sure, football existed before we did, but it was in 1934 that the Detroit Lions came up with the idea of playing a game on Thanksgiving Day. Fighting lagging attendance and not enough fans, they decided to play a game on a day that didn’t compete with all the other big games, and a tradition was born. The Lions have not missed taking the field on Thanksgiving Day in nearly 9 decades. It was 1966 when the Dallas Cowboys became the second team guaranteed to play on the holiday, and in 1966 the NFL added a third game in the evening, although the roster rotates.

Gordon Boswell has been a part of your Thanksgiving traditions for nearly 100 years- providing gorgeous seasonal arrangements and stunning centerpieces that transform your home. This year, become a part of our Fort Worth tradition and order your Thanksgiving flowers early – our floral designers will guarantee that your holiday table is memorable and beautiful.