Friday, November 22, 2013


Here are some fun facts, some links to activities, history and "stuff" on Thanksgiving - yes, I know you can Google these to ---- but I have already done the work for you!

Fun Facts from Thanksgiving Fun Facts at WHSV:

The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.

Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb".

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President.  The President does not eat the live turkey.  He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm. 

In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.

Turkeys have heart attacks.  The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier.  Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

 Okay, enough Fun Facts ----- here are the links I promised to activities, history and "stuff":
Thanksgiving - the History Channel
The First Thanksgiving - Scholastic
Thanksgiving History - Plimoth Plantation
First Thanksgiving - National Geographic
Thanksgiving -
Thanksgiving in North America:  From local harvests to National Holiday - Smithsonian
Thanksgiving - Library of Congress
Thanksgiving on the Net - Holidays on the
Thanksgiving - Parents

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