10/25/2011 6:35 AM
…From the first Thanksgiving to today's turkey burgers,
turkeys are an American tradition dating back centuries. According to the National Turkey Federation
, 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Known as a "lucky break" the tradition of tugging on either end of a fowl's bone to win the larger piece and its accompanying "wish" dates back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C. The Romans brought the tradition with them when they conquered England and the English colonists carried the tradition on to America.
…Throughout the United States, football on Thanksgiving Day is as big a part of the celebration as turkey and pumpkin pie. The first intercollegiate football championship was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876!
…The first American Thanksgiving Day parade was held in 1920, organized by Gimbel's Department Store in Philadelphia, not Macy's
as most people believe. The NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade
tradition actually began in 1924, and has grown into an annual event of balloons, bands, and floats, enjoyed by more than 46 million people each year in person and on TV.
…Last, but certainly not least, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the people and blessings of the past year. From pre-meal prayers to providing holiday meals to the homeless, the holiday is truly a celebration of praise and thanksgiving.
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Now let’s talk turkey…
-How many pounds of turkey does the average American consume per year?
-What state produces the highest number of turkeys each year?
-In what country was the first turkey domesticated?
-What is a male turkey called?
-How fast can wild turkeys run?
-What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey's neck?
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