Happy Thanksgiving to You & Yours
At Thanksgiving more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. We at CMi Air Conditioning & Electrical are a family owned and operated business and in this spirit we say, simply and sincerely – Thank You and Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!
And remember if you have an air conditioning emergency on Thanksgiving Day or on Black Friday, don’t let it spoil your dinner. Give us a call at 561-844-1004 and we’ll be there!
Ahh Thanksgiving! That special day that where we all take the time to be thankful for all we have. AKA Turkey Day! That favorite of American holidays known for spending quality time with friends and family while being thankful for the things we have in life and of course, stuffing yourself with turkey and stuffing.
In this blog we are going to divert just a bit to give you some fun facts about Thanksgiving you may not know about:
Give Thanks to Lincoln
President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 when he proclaimed the last Thursday of every November as a “day of thanksgiving”.
Third Thursday Thanksgiving
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the 3rd Thursday of November during the Depression to give merchants more time to sell Christmas merchandise. And in 1941, Congress changed it back to the last Thursday of November.
Swanson foods apparently miscalculated how many turkeys it would sell in 1953. The company had such a huge surplus of turkey that some marketing genius decided they should package it in aluminum and sell it with popular sides. And so, the TV dinner was born!
Those beautiful birds we like to gobble up for Thanksgiving got their names from the English because guinea fowls (birds native of Africa) were imported to Europe by Turkish merchants. So they started calling them turkeys. Who would’ve thought that turkeys aren’t actually from Turkey?
Four major places in the USA are named after Turkey: Turkey Creek, Louisiana; Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Arizona. There are probably more than four.
While it’s popular to say “gobble gobble” as a Thanksgiving catchphrase, only male turkeys “gobble”. Female turkeys don’t gobble. Instead, they cackle. “Gobble, gobble” just had a better ring to it!
The actual date of the first Thanksgiving is a subject of debate. However, the history books teach us that the traditional Thanksgiving as we know it first happened during the three-day pilgrim celebration that happened in 1621 at Plymouth Colony, in present day Massachusetts.
The tradition of “pardoning” White House turkeys has been traced to President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 clemency to a turkey recorded in an 1865 dispatch by White House reporter Noah Brooks, who noted, “a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner, but [Lincoln’s son Tad] interceded in behalf of its life. . . . [Tad’s] plea was admitted and the turkey’s life spared.” In modern times the United States President pardons a turkey during a White House ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. During the ceremony, the President is presented with one live turkey, which he “pardons” from being slaughtered. After being pardoned, the turkey gets to live out its days on a farm.
Travel for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day is the busiest travel day of the year. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has estimated that over 42 million Americans travel by car 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend. Another 30.6 million people travel by air to visit their loved ones for the holiday. So, the truth remains that there’s really nothing better than a home cooked family meal!
Tons of Turkey
According to the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. And around 212 million turkeys are consumed each year. Turkeys are said to have been the most plentiful meat at the time of the first Thanksgiving in 1621. This is probably why it has become the traditional main course for the holiday. Yes, there’s actually a National Turkey Federation!
The Wishbone Tradition
The wishbone tradition consists of two people tugging on either end of the bone trying to win the larger piece. And the person who gets the larger piece gets to make a wish. It’s a good luck tradition that is said to date back to the Etruscans of 322 B.C.
Football is a major part of the United States Thanksgiving celebration. And it has become synonymous with Thanksgiving dating back to the first college football game between Yale and Princeton that was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1876.
If you’re going to attempt to hunt down the Thanksgiving turkey yourself, make sure it doesn’t get angry! Wild turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour when scared! So, if you scare a turkey into running that fast, make sure it doesn’t get angry too and start chasing you!
Turkey has L-tryptophan, which is known to cause drowsiness, which may contribute to why we feel so sleepy after eating it. Also, overeating is known to deplete your energy because your body needs the energy to digest so much food. Nappy Thanksgiving!
Once again, from our family at CMi Air Conditioning & Electrical to you family, we would like to wish you a
very Happy Thanksgiving!