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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is almost here. This great American holiday provides an opportunity to pause and give thanks for everything. Just like everyone else, I have plenty to be thankful for. I actually have a long list. But what tops it is my family of course: my darling daughter (who will be wearing one of her favorite girls holiday dresses for our Thanksgiving dinner- she'll be just soooo cute) and my supportive husband, of course. Other things on my list include having a nice career, a wonderful best friend, and of course, an over-sized bird for Thanksgiving dinner! Now, I just want to share some fun facts about America’s favorite bird:
1. According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving.
2. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird. He actually thought that the wild turkey should be the bird to represent America because he found it to be more regal than the eagle.
3. A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.
4. The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day.
5. The Native American name for turkey is 'firkee'.
6. A turkey under sixteen weeks of age is called a fryer, while a young roaster is five to seven months old.
7. Some turkeys can actually fly! The wild ones can fly for short distances.
8. Turkeys can have heart attacks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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