Tomorrow is turkey day and I for one can’t wait! As we all know the tradition of Thanksgiving started more than 400 years ago at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts as a way to celebrate the good harvest. Yes, it was very different in those days wasn’t it? It wasn’t just a matter of popping over to the local Giants to pick up some groceries back then as it is today. A bad harvest meant too little food to last through the long cold winter so there was much reason to rejoice when the food was plentiful.
Today we still carry on the tradition of being “thankful” at this time of year and it’s interesting to note that turkey was not a part of the first Thanksgiving celebration. There are plenty of interesting facts about turkey and Thanksgiving that you might not know. Maybe you could mention a few of these around the table tomorrow between the cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie!
- The modern concept of Thanksgiving Day did not begin until the year 1863 and was created by a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale.
- Going against all traditional beliefs, there is not enough tryptophan in turkey to actually make you sleepy!
- The very first Macy’s Day Parade used live animals on loan from the Central Park Zoo in New York City.
- John F. Kennedy was the first president to actually “pardon” a turkey!
- Only male turkeys make the famous “gobble gobble” sound that we are all so familiar with – female turkeys do not.
- President Roosevelt once changed the date of Thanksgiving in order to boost the economy by beginning Xmas season a little earlier. It didn’t work.
- If it weren’t for the Wampanoag Indians being severely weakened by disease, the very first Thanksgiving would have never taken place.
- The only 2 NFL teams to play on Thanksgiving every year are the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys.
- Finally, more beer and liquor are sold the day before Thanksgiving than any other day of the year!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone !!!