The history of the Thanksgiving turkey is a bit of a mystery, nobody knows exactly how this particular bird earned a place of honor at the table each November but historians have a few different theories and you guys may have some ideas of your own too.
It was written how the colonists had hunted wild turkeys during the Autumn of 1621 and since turkey is a uniquely North American and scrumptious bird it gained traction as the Thanksgiving meal of choice for Amercans after Lincoln declared thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.
The side dishes vary from house to house. In some parts of the country, you’ll find mashed potatoes and Gravy and in other places, sweet potato pie. But no matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving, in most homes around America, one guest is invited to the table each year. THE TURKEY !!
The wild turkey is a native bird of North America. As a result Benjamin Franklin claimed this made the turkey a more suitable national bird for the United States than the Bald Eagle Not everyone agreed with Franklin, however and the Bald Eagle became the national emblem for the United States in 1782. The Bald Eagle may be America’s bird 364 days a year, but the turkey has one day all to itself
Here’s some interesting turkey trivia that might surprise you:
- Wild turkeys can fly, but domestic turkeys cannot.
- Turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour.
- The long, loose skin that hangs down on a turkey’s neck is called a wattle.”
A Turkeys worst nightmare
- Turkey 1: Say Joe have you heard the ghost story about “Thanksgiving”?
- Turkey 2: No, what happens?
- Turkey 1: Every year, on the same day, millions of Turkeys get their heads Chopped off and then get eaten!
- Turkey 2: Holy cow! Lucky it’s just a ghost story.