Happy Thanksgiving to all of you turkeys out there
who have made the ultimate sacrifice (going to
turkey heaven) so that we can all enjoy a great
On a more serious note folks:
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Remember to give thanks to GOD today and every
day for all that you have including the fantastic
meal most of you will be enjoying. In many parts of
the world there are people who have NEVER in their
lives had a meal like yours. In America we have an
abundance of food and tend to take it for granted.
The Tradition Begins
A three-day feast with about 50 colonists and 90 Native Americans, the first Thanksgiving in 1621 didn't include mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie or cranberries. Deer, rabbit and squash graced the table, and historians believe that lobster, seal and swan may have been served as well. While fowl was on the menu, the bird of choice was probably not turkey.
Making It Official
American leaders called for days of thanks rather regularly during the 17th and 18th centuries. A celebration on a specific day every year didn't occur until President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. For nearly 40 years prior to the declaration, eminent writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," among other titles—led a campaign to make the holiday official.
While "gobble" is the call most people associate with turkeys, the birds have at least 28 different known vocalizations. Other calls, including "yelps," "clucks," "putts," "cackles," "purrs," "hoots" and "hisses," are used to indicate danger, advertise the caller's sex, establish control and keep the flock together.