Saturday, November 19, 2016

Recent Holiday History: Thanksgiving

In schools, students are taught about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. The story of a the survival of a small hardy group is repeated. Who hasn’t seen an elementary school reenactment of Thanksgiving? While the spirit of the day continues, modern history reveals new additions to our celebration. As a nation of more than 300 million people, recent history illustrates how the tradition has changed.

Holiday Help
The Turkey Talk line operated by Butterball has been in operation since 1981. Every year advice is offered to thousands of callers. You too can get help as you prepare for your holiday gathering.

Be Aware. Avert Disaster.
Thanksgiving is the number one day for for house fires. The US Fire Administration part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA)has issued a advice on how to keep yourself safe while cooking your turkey.

Not interested in a traditional turkey? The 20th century has introduced new options like jellied cranberry sauce and turducken. Canned jellied cranberry sauce began as an industry in 1912. A turducken is a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. This creation has been a pop culture phenomenon since the late 1980's. Today you can order one to be delivered to your home.

Get in the Spirit!
Are you foregoing turkey altogether? You are not the only one. President Obama is set to continue the tradition of pardoning a turkey in the next few days. The 2016 turkey hails from Iowa. The tradition of pardoning a turkey began in the mid 20th century. Want another way to celebrate together? Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 2016 parade is the 90 parade. As a special treat, check out this online interactive of past Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

What do you think will be the next addition to your pantheon of holiday traditions?

No matter how you celebrate. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!