Posted in 2016

Happy Thanksgiving !

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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States.  It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest. Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family.

Thanksgiving celebrations differ from person to person & family to family.  Many still enjoy the traditional meal of Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberries, Sweet Potatoes (or Yams), Corn and of course Pumpkin Pie.  I’ll touch on those traditions & talk about a few newer ones, some I only just learned of myself… so sit back with a hot cup of coffee & enjoy!  🙂 

Starting with the name of the Holiday:  Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day, T-Day, Harvest Day and then there’s – “Yanksgiving”!   (Canadians came up with this to distinguish between the US & Canadian Thanksgiving Holidays).   I found this clever & funny, being a ‘yankee’ myself it seems fitting!  🙂

Turkey Pardon:  Every year, the president frees one lucky turkey while millions of its brethren are consigned to the dinner table. Though turkey farmers have been sending presidents the choicest birds since the 1800s, President John F. Kennedy was the first one on record to spare a turkey. In 1963, he sent back a turkey mailed by the National Turkey Federation, saying, “We’ll just let this one grow.” President Richard Nixon sent turkeys to a Washington, D.C., petting farm but didn’t officially pardon them, according to the White House Blog. President George H.W. Bush gave the first official pardon to a turkey in 1989. The survivor lived out its days at a Virginia petting zoo called Frying Pan Park.

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President George H.W. Bush giving the first official Turkey Pardon. 1989

Macy’s parade:  Many Americans sit down to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This annual tradition didn’t get started until 1924, when Macy’s employees held a Christmas parade filled with knights, clowns and jugglers. The 6-mile long parade attracted a crowd of 250,000 viewers, so the department store decided to hold it every year. The first balloon, Felix the Cat, floated above the parade in 1927.  Felix was filled with everyday air, not helium, and stood upright just off the ground — it didn’t float high above.  Mickey Mouse didn’t make his appearance until 1934.

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Felix the Cat – 1927 the first Macy’s balloon.

{Click the link below for interesting history on the Macy’s Parade}

Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade Tech

New twist on foods:  One twist I’ve learned about is called: Turducken.  
Turducken is:  a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken.  It’s becoming more popular at Thanksgiving  & originated in Louisiana. A Turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture (although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird).  I’ve read about this and I would caution you to read a lot about this prior to attempting this dish.  Poultry is one of the hardest meats to cook thoroughly enough to kill the bacteria and ensure the safety of eating it..  This is very difficult to achieve in Turducken because of the layers, the duck skin, and getting all of them to the proper temperature without over cooking or undercooking them.  No one wants to be poisoned by dinner.  Here is a link for you to check out to find out how best to prepare this meal.  TURDUCKEN

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Turducken

Personally, my family will be sticking to a traditional meal and we’ll all be together.  We are minus some loved ones and have a few new lives to celebrate.  My niece informed me today that she has been found cancer free after an extensive & alternative  year long battle with breast cancer at the age of 28 (with 4 small children all under 7) and having been given only a 3% chance to survive.   Still not out of the woods yet but this was a day we all hoped and prayed for. Our year has had it’s ups and down, peaks and valleys, but we’re here and we have a lot to be sincerely thankful for. I am thankful for my family, my puppy (who believes he’s human), my life, friends, health and you.

There is much debate on who we should be thankful to.   Not everything needs to be a debate, just simply  BE thankful for your blessings, all of them, big, little and ginormous.
By definition being Thankful is: to be appreciative, filled with gratitude, relieved.  Be appreciative of those around you, your friends, co workers, family.  Be thankful for your job, home, children, spouse, health.
By definition a Blessing is:  something that helps you or brings happiness.   That said, I guess it wouldn’t hurt any of us to become a blessing and to bring happiness into the lives of others, not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every single day of the year.  You looking for a New Years Resolution?  There it is – resolve yourself to bring happiness into someones life every single day. Consider this a challenge:  No need to even wait for the new year, start today. (you can renew it for the new year).    Do something that makes someone happy,  leave a comment here letting us know what you did, how it made you feel and what the result was.

I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Whether you celebrate the Holiday or not – you DO have something to be thankful for.   BE THANKFUL!!

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