This year we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my cousin Becky and her two girls, Jasmine and Camryn, who are visiting us from Michigan. It nice having family around you during the holidays. I am glad that they wanted to come and visit us here in San Antonio. Looking forward to eating turkey and all of the fixings tomorrow and the next day… and the next day!! But we started a little early tonight, Jasmine and Camryn helped to make a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, but we deceided to taste test it first. So half the cake is gone and most of the ice cream.
Opps!! We all agreed that it was for the best to eat the cake tonight, because we would all be too stuff from eating Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy the cake! That’s sound like a good idea, doesn’t it?? Beside that, we have more family coming over on Friday, so we’ll just make another cake. And no onw will know about the cake we ate the night before Thanksgiving!!
So I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! And I am thankful for my my family and friends.
Here are some facts about Thanksgiving:
Let’s talk turkey!
- Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
- According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. That number represents one sixth of all the turkeys sold in the U.S. each year!
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
- Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.
- Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call.
- The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as “suggestive.”
- Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees! (Maybe to escape the Thanksgiving table?)
- Turkeys can drown if they look up when it’s raining!
- The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.
- There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.
- The cranberry got its name because the pale pink blossoms on the plant resembled a crane’s head and neck. The name craneberry stuck, eventually becoming cranberry.
- Fresh cranberries are ideal for cranberry sauce. Cranberries of the highest quality will always bounce! (If you try this at home, please wash the cranberries before eating.)
- President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863.
- Congress did not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1941.
- The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. (Now that’s a lot of turkey!)
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