THE DAY AFTER

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now it’s the day after turkey-day. The feast has been enjoyed and only the carcass remains–and the relatives. J By now, you’ve probably talked over every subject you can think of. Just in case, here is some Thanksgiving trivia that might come in handy.

>> The first known thanksgiving feast or festival in North America was celebrated by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and the people he called “Tejas” (members of the Hasinai group of Caddo-speaking Native Americans). [That was in the 1540s in eastern Texas!]

>> There are three places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course — Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, La.; and Turkey, N.C. There are also nine townships around the country named “Turkey,” with three in Kansas.

>> The cranberry is a symbol and a modern diet staple of thanksgiving. Originally called crane berry, it derived its name from its pink blossoms and drooping head, which reminded the Pilgrims of a crane.

>> Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

>> 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

>> Turkeys were one of the first animals in the Americas to be domesticated. (Sorry, I just can’t see this guy as a pet.)

>> The Guinness Book of Records states that the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey is 39.09 kg (86 lbs), at the annual “heaviest turkey” competition held in London, England on December 12, 1989.

>> There are regional differences as to the “stuffing” (or “dressing”) traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make theirs from cornbread, while in other parts of the country white bread is the base. One or several of the following may be added: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets. 

>> More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.

Happy day-after Thanksgiving, everyone! Now bring on the Christmas Carols!

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12 thoughts on “THE DAY AFTER”

  1. Tracy, my poor daughter spent T-Day at her boyfriend’s house where they do not serve green bean casserole. She can’t believe it.

    Christmas decor goes up today and I will be writing out my Christmas cards.

    Hope everyone has a good Black Friday.

    Peace, Julie

  2. We all had a laugh last night about Green Bean Cassarole. I have NEVER eaten it and have NEVER made it! It started in 1955 when I lived here in this same town and was learning to cook. We didn’t have radio or TV, so I never heard of it. And now with so much publicity about it, I still am probably the only one in the country who hasn’t eaten it. I prefer my green beans with bacon, tomatoes, onion and garlic. (In a sauce pan). Hope every one had a Very pleasant Turkey Day.

  3. Fun, informative post Tracy. Well that record- breaker turkey could be called on “tough” bird for sure. I grew up with a dad from up north and a mother from way down south, so dressing was one of the big almost deal-breakers at Thanksgiving. We generally made two or maybe three kinds. Always, oyster for Daddy and cornbread for Mother. Then we went to baked oysters and regular (from a southern POV … cornbread) stuffing. This year my daughter said she wanted to make “her” dressing, so I didn’t need to make as much of mine. Okay, so we compared. What was the difference? Oh a big difference…she put regular bread in with her cornbread! Whee, big surprise, Jennifer, I’ve done that for years although it was called “cornbread” dressing. So guess we’ll stick to one dressing. Had a wonderful day, and hope each of you did, too. No Black Friday shopping for me! Thanks for a fun post. Hugs, P

  4. What a terrific post, Tracy. I always love historical tidbits. And I’ve always wondered how the cranberry got its name.

    Mary J, my hubby (the family chef) makes green beans just that way, but on holidays, the guys love the green-bean fried onion ring thing. This year I made it, though, and added grated swiss cheese. To be honest, you couldn’t even tell LOL.

    God bless everyone out there. We at P and P are so thankful for our faithful readers and commenters. oxoxox

  5. Phyliss, we had two kinds of dressing yesterday: my sister made our traditional sage dressing and Mom tried to recreate my father’s mother’s raisin dressing–and did a great job.

  6. I just got back from a short foray into Black Friday. I’m happy to say I got several Xmas presents.

    And let me echo Tanya’s blessing:
    All of us here at P&P are so very thankful for each and every one of you. Thanks for hanging out with us!

  7. Laughing at the green bean casserole debate. I’ve never made it, and if I did, my grandkids probably wouldn’t eat it. P.S. neither would I.
    And thanks for the cranberry trivia, Tracy. Yesterday one of my grandchildren asked me if the pilgrims had cranberries. Now I can tell them.
    Wishing all of you holiday blessings and a wonderful season to come.

  8. Lol – we don’t do the green bean casserole either for Thanksgiving but I have made it. Our Thanksgiving will be on Sunday this year since both my son-in-law and one of my daughters have to work. I have more days to look forward to it and more days to plan since I do all the cooking.

  9. Thanks for the fun trivia. I am not ready for the Christmas carols. If we sing or listen to those, it means Christmas is near, which means the end of the year is near. I can’t figure out where this year went yet, so I am certainly not ready for the new year.

    Have a Happy.

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