Happy Thanksgiving from our team to yours!
We hope that your holiday is filled with warmth and love, and that you’re able to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to truly savor this special time with your friends and family.
And what’s a better way for us to celebrate Turkey Day than to share some fun facts about Thanksgiving!
“Jingle Bells” Was Supposed to Be a Thanksgiving Song
Music has a magical way of capturing the spirit of the season. That’s particularly true of the Christmas classic, “Jingle Bells.” Surprisingly, this catchy tune wasn’t originally intended to be a Christmas carol, but a song to be sung on Thanksgiving Day.
Written in 1857 by composer James Pierpont under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh,” it was meant to help ring in the winter season – but almost immediately became popular as a Christmas anthem. The people had spoken. The song’s name was eventually changed to “Jingle Bells,” and its enduring popularity continues to be a staple of the holidays.
A Presidential Pardon
In the fall of 1926, President Calvin Coolidge was presented with a peculiar gift. A raccoon. But this was no ordinary gift – it was meant to be his Thanksgiving meal.
But the President (who wasn’t too thrilled at the prospect of feasting on a raccoon for the holiday), chose to pardon the animal of its pending fate. He and his wife Grace named the raccoon Rebecca and welcomed it into the White House as a pet.
How the Turkey Got Its Name
So why do we call a turkey a turkey? Does it have anything to do with the country of Turkey? Sort of! The history of the turkey’s name is a tale of mistaken identity.
Hundreds of years ago, Europeans were introduced to a curious-looking guinea fowl imported from Northern Africa. Sold by Turkish traders, the birds quickly became known as “turkey-hens” and “turkey-cocks”.
Later on, when American settlers sent back birds that were similar in appearance to the North African “turkey.” And so, everyone started referring to the North American birds as “turkeys” too. The name stuck. And the rest is delicious history.
Leftovers Are the Best
Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with tradition and delicious food, but did you know that the majority of Americans seem to prefer the leftovers? It’s true! 70% of Americans surveyed said they feel leftovers taste better than the original feast.
There’s something about reheating a plate of turkey and sides that just hits the spot. Maybe it’s the convenience of having a ready-made meal that requires no effort – or perhaps it’s the nostalgia of quietly reliving a great experience all over again. Whatever the reason may be, it’s clear that Thanksgiving leftovers hold a special place in our hearts, and our stomachs.
‘Tis the Season!
Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with family and friends, enjoying good food, and giving thanks for all that we have.
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