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Thanksgiving Facts

Looking for some fun ways to impress the people at your table this thanksgiving? Here are some fast Thanksgiving facts that will impress and baffle your guests. Why not wow them with your vast, and seemingly useless, knowledge of not only thanksgiving but turkeys as well.

Thanksgiving facts

Thanksgiving facts:

  • The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians. The first Thanksgiving lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving.  Many women settlers didn’t survive that difficult first year in the U.S.
  • Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. She wrote letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.
  • No turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving: Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving! What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. They probably did eat pumpkins but no pumpkin pies. The pilgrims also didn’t eat mashed potatoes or cranberry relish. They probably ate cranberries. And no, Turduckens (a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) were nowhere to be found during that first Thanksgiving.
  • No forks at the first Thanksgiving! The first Thanksgiving was eaten with spoons and knives but no forks! That’s right, forks weren’t even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later. Forks weren’t a popular utensil until the 18th century.
  • Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners! In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes and the first TV dinner was born!
  • Thanksgiving was almost a fast — not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food.  They planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and (lucky for us!) turned their fast into a three-day feast!

Thanksgiving Facts

  • Presidential pardon of a turkey: Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey. He spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.  The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947. President Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey named Courage. Courage was has flown to Disneyland and served as Grand Marshal of the park’s Thanksgiving Day parade!
  • Why is Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November? President Abe Lincoln said Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November.  In 1939 President Roosevelt moved it up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back two years later.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching from Convent Ave to 145th street in New York City. No large balloons were at this parade, as it featured only live animals from Central Park Zoo.
  • Turkey isn’t responsible for drowsiness or the dreaded “food coma.” So what is? Scientists say that extra glass of wine, the high-calorie meal or relaxing after a busy work schedule is what makes you drowsy!
  • How did the tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving start? The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920.  Since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. In 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.

Thanksgiving Facts

  • Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared.  Domesticated turkeys are bred to be heavier and can’t run quite that fast.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.
  • The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighs 86 pounds.
  • Californians consume the most turkey in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day!
  • Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.
  • The average turkey for Thanksgiving weighs 15 pounds.
  • Campbell’s soup created green bean casserole for an annual cookbook 50 years ago. It now sells $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup.

Thank you Allparenting.com for the incredibly cool Thanksgiving facts!

Thanksgiving Toddler Crafts: Dish Brush Crafts

Thanksgiving Toddler Crafts: Dish Brush Crafts

We love to do crafts for the holidays with our little ones. We love being able to pull out their works of art each holiday season and see how different each craft is from year to year. We put them up every year with our holiday decorations. It is so nice to see how our kids have grown in their talent and abilities. It is also nice to remember how tiny and cute they were when they were making them. So of procures we look for new and different craft ideas every year. It can be difficult not to repeat the same craft each year. Or with each kid. That is why we were so excited to see this new craft. Dish Brush Turkey.

This craft is fun, new, and adorable. We discovered this gem of a craft at Crafty Morning a blog created and written by Michelle a military wife that loves to craft! Michelle has kid crafts that will keep even the craftiest stay-at-home mommy coming back on a daily basis for new ideas. We were so excited about this craft that we have not only shared it here, we are sending it out to all of our friends. There will be a lot of dish brush turkeys decorating mantles and refrigerators this holiday season.

Dish Brush Turkey


What You Will Need:

Brown construction paper
Orange construction paper
Red construction paper
White paper
Googley eyes
Round dish brush
Yellow paint
Red paint
Orange paint

This craft is fun and will probably be messy, but all the great toddler crafts are. So be sure you protect your house or table from the messy paint. We will probably use a washable tempura paint to be safe. Our kids love to paint and tend to make a mess. But we love it. Hurry over to Crafty Morning to get all of the instructions and a few more fun and adorable pictures. Don’t forget to check out Michelle’s other great craft ideas, we sure will. Enjoy!!

Turkey Oreo Treats

Turkey Oreo Treats

Since it is November we thought we would highlight a special treat that is full of the Thanksgiving spirit. We scoured the Internet and found these darling little Oreo turkeys on one of our new favorite places to find great recipes OurBestBites.com. Kate and Sara were featured on our blog in October with their Monster Jaws. The Monster Jaws were a big hit and when we saw these great little turkeys we knew they would be a hit too!

Oreos have been an American favorite for decades. So why not use them for an incredibly sweet and special holiday treat? They make the perfect base for these great turkeys, all you need are a few other favorites to make a terrific Thanksgiving treat. So gather your supplies and prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the sweetest treat you have ever tasted depicting a turkey. Who knew turkeys could be this sweet!?

What You Will Need:

Double Stuff Oreo Cookies
Candy Corn
Peanut-butter Cups
Chocolate frosting (Kate and Sara suggest a Pre-filled frosting tube for ease of use)
Yellow Frosting (Kate and Sara suggest a Pre-filled frosting tube for ease of use)
Optional: Red frosting (Kate and Sara suggest a Pre-filled frosting tube for ease of use)
Optional: black sprinkles for eyes

What You Will Do:

1. Get an Oreo cookie and squeeze a little chocolate frosting into it to hold the candy corn securely in place. Then you can begging stuffing the candy corn into the split between the Oreo cookie sandwiched pieces. Tip side in works best.

2. Using a wall as a support bracing place a dab of frosting on the opposite end of the cookie to secure it to the other (base) Oreo. Now let these dry so they stay together, Kate and Sara suggest assembling all your cookies at once so they can dry together.

3. While the Oreos dry unwrap your peanut-butter cups and take a sharp knife and cut a sliver off of one end. A sawing motion may work best so the cup doesn’t fall apart. Now use a dab of frosting to secure the PB cup to the Oreos sliced side to the base.

4. Next secure a whopper with frosting on top of the PB cup and against the back Oreo. This will be your turkeys head.

5. Now use the yellow frosting and the cut of tip of a candy corn and secure the tip to the whopper as a beak. Make two yellow frosting dots for eyes and put your black sprinkles on them.

6. now use the yellow frosting to make feet and the red frosting to make the gobbler on the turkey. Now you have a sweet and scrumptious (did we mention adorable!) turkey treat! Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out OurBestBites.com for step-by-step instructions with pictures if you need them. Gobble gobble!