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How Does The Turkey Feel About Thanksgiving

Updated on November 24, 2009

Pilgrims & Thanksgiving?

Did the pilgrims really start the Thanksgiving tradition? That's open to speculation. There does exist a letter dated December, 1621, that mentions a big feast of wild fowl eaten with Native American king Massasoit and his men. It was sent to England. However I think this was just the early beginnings of public relations. The letter was most likely an advertisement trying to bring more settlers to the new world.

The first modern appearance of Thanksgiving was in a 1827 novel Northwood; a Tale of New England, by Sarah Josepha Hale. don't know her? She penned "Mary Had A Little Lamb". In her novel Thanksgiving was described in the book as we celebrate today, without the parades, football, and Black Friday.

Of course it took President Lincoln In 1863, a few months after the battle of Gettysburg, to declare the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. That really got the ball rolling.

Why the turkey? There is a story of how Queen Elizabeth of 16th century England was eating a roast goose during a harvest festival. When she received news that the Spanish Armada had sunk on it way to attack England, the queen was so pleased that she order a second goose to celebrate the great news. So of course the goose became the favorite bird at harvest time in England. Upon arrival in the New World the Pilgrims replaced roasted turkey for roasted goose as the main cuisine because wild turkeys were easier to find than geese. Of course we will never know until time travel is possible and we can go back for the true answers, but it is one suggestion.

But I digress...........The title was "How Does The Turkey Fell Bout Thanksgiving? My first stop to research this was my local food store. Needless to say that was a dead end (sorry bad pun). Next was a local farmer friend who kills his own turkey for the holidays. Well I couldn't get an interview with the bird due to a language problem. Even my farmer friend couldn't explain how the turkey felt about Thanksgiving.

So................After all my research I'm left to making an educated guess. I'm willing to say the turkey is either happy to lay down it's life for such a noble cause, or he just hates the whole idea. Of course the Presidential turkey doesn't care either way. He gets a pardon every year.

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