5 Facts you didn’t know about Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together. Many cook up a huge feast and spend all day making dinner for the whole family. When dinner is ready we all sit around the table and take turns saying what we are thankful for. After dinner is finished you will probably find yourself stuffed and unable to move.
Male Turkeys vs. Female Turkeys
Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.
The Creation of TV Dinners
In 1953, someone at the head office at Swanson, misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving. It wasn’t just a couple turkeys… They ordered 26 TONS extra! Some industrious soul came up with the brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side? Thus the first TV dinner was born!
Different Days across North America
Canadian Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the second Monday in October, earlier than the American Thanksgiving, which is held in November. Since 1971, it has coincided with Columbus Day in the U.S.
Statutory Holiday in Canada
Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada, except in PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Cranberries have a long history
There are more than 80 cranberry farms in B.C. with many destined for the Thanksgiving table, and while it is doubtful cranberries were served at the first Thanksgiving meals, the indigenous people used them for cooking and dyeing and introduced them to the pilgrims.
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Written by Megan Harder