A Day in the Life of …
…A Thanksgiving Day Blogger
Like millions of other people, this was another great day with family eating way too much. And, like millions of others, we watched some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, some football and played some games while catching up on the latest with each other.
While surfing on my computer this morning I came across some Thanksgiving fun facts I decided to share today.
Here they are!
- In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 26 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it–creating the first ever TV dinner.
- One of the most popular first Thanksgiving stories recalls the three-day celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. Over 200 years later, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving, and in 1941 Congress established the fourth Thursday in November as a national holiday.
- Now a Thanksgiving dinner staple, cranberries were actually used by Native Americans to treat arrow wounds and to dye clothes.
- In 2007, George W. Bush granted a pardon to two turkeys named May and Flower. The tradition of pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys began in 1947, though Abraham Lincoln is said to have informally started the practice when he pardoned his son’s pet turkey.
- Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), who tirelessly worked to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday, also was the first person to advocate women as teachers in public schools, the first to advocate day nurseries to assist working mothers and the first to propose public playgrounds. She was also the author of two dozen books and hundreds of poems, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
- The first Thanksgiving football game was in 1876
- Baby turkeys are called poults. Only male turkeys gobble and, therefore, are called gobblers
- The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday largely because stores hope the busy shopping day will take them out of the red and into positive profits. Black Friday has been a tradition since the 1930s
- The flap of skin hanging off of a turkey’s chin is called a “wattle.” The wrinkly thing hanging over the turkey’s beak is called a “snood.”
I hope you all got to enjoy the holiday and spend time with friends and family.