It’s time to gather around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends. We all know the Thanksgiving story about the pilgrims and the Native Americans. However, that’s just a small part of Thanksgiving history. With over a hundred years of tradition, there are a few extra facts to learn about the holiday. Check out these bits of Thanksgiving trivia to share with your loved ones over your holiday meal.
While the story of the Mayflower and the pilgrims dates back to the 17th century, Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. The holiday was declared a holiday after the persistent efforts of magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale. However, the holiday wasn’t officially recognized as a national holiday by the government of the United States until Congress approved the motion in the 1940s.
It’s no coincidence that turkeys share their name with a country in the Middle East. When the explorers first came to the Americas the discovered a bird that was similar in taste to a guinea fowl brought to the European continent by the Turks. They then dubbed the American bird a turkey after the Turks.
A turkey is a staple food of Thanksgiving. While we associate turkeys with a gobble-gobble, it’s only male turkeys that gobble. Male turkeys, called toms, gobble while female turkeys called hens cackle. Additionally, young turkeys less than 12-weeks old are called fryer-roasters.
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