Nov 26, 2015 11:44 AM

Quick facts of 4 Thanksgiving Day traditions

When you sit down to the Thanksgiving dinner table you don't wonder why you spent the morning watching the Macy's Day Parade or the ingredients of the cranberry sauce, do you? Here are some interesting facts about the four Thanksgiving Day traditions we take for granted and how they came to be.


Thanksgiving is also National Turkey Day, right? But why, when and how did turkeys become the symbol of our national holiday?

Contrary to the history books, most historians do not believe turkey was actually served in 1621 between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims.

A century later, Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ advocated for the U.C. to adopt Thanksgiving as an official holiday and urged the American people to adopt certain poultry – turkey included – into their diets. Alas, the Thanksgiving turkey tradition was born.

Cranberry Sauce

Are you a cranberry sauce kind of person? Well, the Pilgrims and Native Americans probably weren’t. Historians do not believe cranberry sauce was actually used at the first Thanksgiving because of one single ingredient we now take for granted – sugar. Although cranberries were in abundance when the Pilgrims landed, sugar was not.

Macy’s Day Parade

More than 3 million people in New York City watch the annual parade and an estimated 50 million watch the event on nationwide on television.

But the parade has an interesting history

Started by the Macy’s employees, the parade began 91 years ago and has been a Thanksgiving staple ever since.


The tradition of cracking the turkey’s wishbone is something a lot of families do a few days after the holiday. But did you ever think of where this strange tradition originated?

Well, the idea of the wishbone predicting the future or making someone’s wish come true is actually centuries old.

Historians have dated it back to numerous ancient civilizations before the Romans introduced it to the English, who eventually brought it to America.

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