Ah, today is Thanksgiving, and I have much to be thankful for as I sit in my in-laws house waiting for today's hubbub to begin. My mother-in-law is hosting this year, so pies are in the fridge, the turkey has been prepped for baking, the cornbread for the stuffing has been drying for two days . Soon, the smells of cooking will fill the air. Then, more family and a few stray friends will be at the door to share a feast and probably watch a little football. In short, it will be a very blessed gathering.
In honor of this wonderful time, here are a few Thanksgiving randoms:
1. The Plymouth Pilgrims shared the first Thanksgiving with members of two Wampanoag tribes in 1621.
2. In 1941, Congress declared the fourth Thursday in November as the official Thanksgiving holiday. Before that, several U.S. presidents had issued proclamations setting aside different days for the celebration.
3. The first Thanksgiving lasted for three days. It included games as well as a feast.
4. Out of the United States, Minnesota raises the most turkeys. Californians eat the most turkeys.
5. It takes 28 days for a turkey egg to hatch.
6. A baby turkey is called a "poult."
7. The flap of skin on a turkey's chin is called a "wattle."
Well, that's all for now. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!