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Turkey and Thanksgiving

posted by Racquel Heron in "Trivia & Social"
October 5, 2016
Turkey Dinner

Green beans, cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, homemade buns, roasted carrots, and stuffing…yum! But those are just the supporting cast to the main actor, Turkey, in this great production called Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey has been the star for centuries, but the question remains, how did it land this main role in Thanksgiving?

Native Americans & Pilgrims

You might assume that turkey was the main feature at “The First Thanksgiving” in 1621 with it being a native bird of North America, but it might not even have been on the table. Firsthand accounts said that the dinner contained waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. Turkey was never mentioned. It’s sad to see that our main star didn’t even get an audition for the first production.


The turkey would get its big break when colonist Bradford’s journals were reprinted in 1856. He wrote about hunting wild turkey and how scrumptious the bird was. With a little help from President Lincoln, when he declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863, turkey started to get the push into the mainstream. The 1843 production of “A Christmas Carol” cast turkey as a holiday delicacy.


It was Turkey’s own talent that would rock it into stardom. The bird’s size could easily feed a family of 12 hands down. Turkey was rarely seen on dinner tables during the rest of the year, and of course, the delicious taste of both white and dark meat made this bird a special treat! We are happy to clap and cheer for the presence of Turkey at Thanksgiving dinner!

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I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird.” – Benjamin Franklin