Shortlist
Recently Viewed
You have not viewed any villas yet. When you do, they will appear here for easy reference.

Search


Categories

About This Guide
Latest Articles
Most Viewed
Random Selection
Articles With Photos
Meet The Authors
Accommodation   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Animal Kingdom   page 1 / 2
Cruising
Days Out   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Dining   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32 / 33
Discovery Cove   page 1 / 2
Disney General   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Disney Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Epcot   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Florida History   page 1 / 2
Golf   page 1 / 2 / 3
Hints and Tips   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Hollywood Studios   page 1 / 2
Magic Kingdom   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Miscellaneous   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17
Museums
Night Life
Other Activities   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15
Other Florida   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Other Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Owners Vacation Diary   page 1 / 2
Places to Visit   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Planning your Trip   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Sea World   page 1 / 2
Shopping   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Shows
Sports and Recreation
State Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Travelling   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
Universal Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Water Parks

Florida Guide > Miscellaneous

THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS - PART 1 TURKEY

Thanksgiving takes place in the USA on the fourth Thursday in November, every year. It is a time when families gather together to celebrate and to give thanks for everything they have. It is one of the most important National holidays and dates back to the time of the Pilgrim Fathers, and the first settlers in the USA, who faced enormous difficulties when they first landed, and who gave thanks for their survival against all odds.

Various traditions have grown up around the Thanksgiving holiday, and one rather amusing one is the presentation by the National Turkey Federation of a turkey to the President of the United States. This tradition apparently started in 1947, when they presented one live turkey and two dressed turkeys in a ceremony called the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. The live turkey is then pardoned by the President and allowed to live out its days on a farm. Recently, two live turkeys have been given, both of which are pardoned. The President accepts the gifts in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. Since 2003, the public have been given the chance to choose the names for the two turkeys. The first names chosen were, aptly, Stars and Stripes. These were followed by Biscuit and Gravy, Marshmallow and Yam, Flyer and Fryer and May and Flower. These two turkeys are then flown first class on United Airlines planes from Washington DC to Disneyland in California. At yet another ceremony the two lucky turkeys become Grand Marshals of Disneyland’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade on Main Street. The turkeys then live out their lives at Disneyland’s Frontierland Ranch.

Whilst many people go out to celebrate various occasions during the year, it is more common for families to spend Thanksgiving at home and to eat a home-cooked meal. The traditional Thanksgiving meal features, of course, a baked or roasted turkey. Indeed, it is sometimes referred to as ‘Turkey Day. ’ To accompany this there is usually cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread, sweet potatoes and gravy. An essential component of the meal is pumpkin pie. All of these items are actually native to America, and were new to the settlers when they arrived.

According to the National Turkey Federation, 95% of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving, and Minnesota is the top turkey producing state in America, producing 49 million in 2008. It is estimated that 46 million turkeys will be eaten at Thanksgiving. There are five other states which produce most of the turkeys raised in the US, and these are Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas and Missouri.

We aim to provide accurate and useful information, but if you feel anything provided here is not accurate or out of date, please email us with the address of the page concerned and any comments so we can amend as necessary.

Page added on: 30 December 2008
Viewed 3570 times since 30 December 2008.

There are no photos available for this article at the moment.

Villa Owners: Upload A Photo To This Article

To upload a photo for consideration, click here. Please only submit photos relevant to this article.

Other Articles Viewed

The following articles were also viewed by people who looked at this one:

Bookmark This Article


These sites allow you to store and share links over the internet. You can share the links with other users or just use them to access your links from any computer you are using. More information is available here.