Tom Turkey has been working with DES to post over 75 F.A.Q. questions relating to Thanksgiving and turkeys.
General information about Thankgsgiving and some well known (or not so well known) facts.
Yes. It was cracked during the revolutionary war when they pried it from its original location to put it on a pedestal.
They are considered to be travelers, wayfarers, and religious journeyman.
They had shooting competitions.
To eat with your hands, to spit on the floor, and to throw you bones into the hearth when done.
To get furs and lumber to send back to England.
This is true. Remember that almost 50% of the pilgrims did not survive.
It was built to be a merchant ship to carry wine.
No. The water was too shallow, but Plymouth Rock is were the first settlers stepped on land.
Yes. The Puritans were the ones that dressed in black and wore buckles. The settled later in Boston. They were not the original pilgrims.
It is believed to be 102.
The did not have forks, they were not invented yet.
There were only 5 women who survived, and it is believed that all 5 women did the cooking for the feast.
Yes. In fact the barrels were made by the cooper named John Alden.
The were called the Puritans, because they wanted to purify the Christian religion from Catholic influences.
Horn of Plenty.
Because, the pilgrims went to church twice a week. Sundays and mid-prayer on Thursdays. They wanted to use the mid-prayer day as a day of thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Pie. Ovens were not invented yet.
Food, and the ministers were getting upset because Thanksgiving was losing it's religious origin of giving thanks.
No, it is more associated with a harvest celebration.
It was in 1621 and it lasted for 3 days.
No. Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving the second Monday in October.
Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill in Congress making it always the fourth Thursday in November; however, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November.