This was my first Thanksgiving dinner and I didn't know much about the holiday besides the fact that it has something to do with the Pilgrims and the Native Indians having a feast at Plymouth Rock (thanks to movies and TV shows about kids in Thanksgiving plays) and that they eat turkey. Naturally my inquisitive mind made me look up the history as well as the reason why they eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
I'm sure Kathleen and George can't really compare last night to a traditional Thanksgiving back home which by the sounds of it means eating, watching American football and shopping at early hours of the morning the next day....But, I am sure they will remember the Thanksgiving they spent with 3 South African's, 3 Australians and a Singaporean in India.
Thanks, guys. It was great!
I at least now know why I say "Happy Thanksgiving" to my American friends. Click here if you are interested to find out about the history of Thanksgiving.
Did you know: Eating turkey makes you sleepy
Different answers are available to "why turkey?” It seems that the pilgrims most likely didn't actually eat turkey on the first Thanksgiving. Wild turkeys were very common in early America. It probably slowly became a tradition to eat turkey around this time of year, simply because it was a common game animal.
In fact, Ben Franklin proposed that the national bird of the U.S.A. be the turkey in stead of the bald eagle! Franklin argued that the turkey was more honest, more honorable, more diligent, and smarter than the bald eagle. LOL :-)