It’s almost time to gather ‘round the table and stuff yourself silly. In between watching Uncle Hank carve the turkey and passing the green bean casserole, here are some tidbits for you to contribute to the conversation!
According to historians, turkey was not the centerpiece of the first Thanksgiving. While it may have been served, Smithsonian.com says it’s much more likely that goose or duck was more prominent on the menu.
Wild turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour. (No wonder the Pilgrims didn’t serve many that first year!)
As forks were not at all in widespread use in the 1620s, it’s likely the Pilgrims ate their feast mostly with their bare hands!
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade premiered in 1924...but it wasn’t the first department store-sponsored parade. Gimbel’s, in Philadelphia, started the tradition in 1920.
When you see President Obama pardon a turkey this year, you may be one of the few who know this tradition was started formally in 1947 with Harry Truman, though Abe Lincoln, according to History.com, may have informally pardoned his son Tad’s pet turkey almost 100 years earlier.
Did you think the U.S. was the only country to celebrate Thanksgiving? Think again...Canada celebrates it, too on the second Monday in October. We do have them beat on longevity: they started celebrating Thanksgiving in 1957.
Back to that green bean casserole...Did you know it was invented in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly at the Campbell Soup Company? She was looking for an easy recipe that most Americans could make from ingredients already in their kitchens. In addition to green beans, her recipe calls for cream of mushroom soup, French fried onions, milk, soy sauce and ground black pepper. Mmm, mmm good!