President Abraham Lincoln established the date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration.
President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of establishing a national "Thanksgiving Day".
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.
Native Americans used the red juice of the cranberry to dye rugs and blankets.
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 gobble is a seasonal mating call.
The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds - about the size of a German Shepard!
Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.
Contrary to popular belief, the Pilgrims did not have big buckles on their clothing, shoes, or hats. Buckles did not come into fashion until the late 1600s - more appropriate for the Salem Witchcraft trial time period.
Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
In Mexico, the turkey was a sacrificial brid.
Fresh cranberries are ideal for cranberry sauce. Cranberries of the highest quality will always bounce!
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