Thanksgiving is today and to celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of interesting Thanksgiving thoughts.
1. Forks were not widely used in the United States until the the time of the American Revolution. Forks were an abomination, an insult to fingers, and therefore adoption was slow. Can you imagine your life today without forks? How would you celebrate Thanksgiving? HOW DID THOSE PILGRIMS CELEBRATE THE FIRST THANKSGIVING IN 1621 WITHOUT FORKS? This year, I challenge you to reject your fork. Use your spoon and fingers instead. Thanks to Thanksgiving, the main meal already does not require a fork: mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, turkey…
2. Speaking of the first Thanksgiving, New England was technically edged out of the claim by 23 years. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by Juan de Oñate and friends on April 30, 1598 in El Paso, Texas. Oñate was exploring the northern Rio Grande Valley for the Spanish crown and crossed the Chihuahuan Desert via a 50 day journey that almost killed most of the company (not much water in the desert). When Oñate finally reached the big river, he and his company rested for 10 days, then celebrated a day of Thanksgiving. Oñate brought the game and the natives brought the fish. As a final thank you, Oñate declared the land to be under the possession of King Philip II of Spain and the Spanish colonization of the American Southwest began.
3. Turkey. People eat a lot of turkey. Americans eat more pounds of turkey than there are pounds of people in Singapore. Turkey is so important to the American economy that there exists a National Turkey Federation with the mission ”To conduct activities aimed at strengthening the turkey farmers’ ability to responsibly provide wholesome products, and to raise awareness about the many health benefits associated with eating turkey.” A similarly named organization, the National Wild Turkey Federation is dedicated to upland wildlife conservation, the protection of wild turkey, and the preservation of America’s hunting heritage. They have even given away over 4 million dollars in scholarships for high school students interested in conservation.
In sum, ditch the fork this year and dig in with hands, spoons, knifes, shovels, and any other tools you can find. Give thanks to those pilgrims, Juan de Oñate, and your family, and have the best TurkeyDay possible!