It's a secret, why we eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
To all you Americans reading this, Canada celebrates Thanksgiving on this day, Oct 14/13, instead of the American's Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November.
At least we know, the early settlers had a meal with the Wampanoag Indians. That's when it all started. They enjoyed a meal of wild game and wild fowl, which later became known as the famous meal, Thanksgiving Dinner, happening in 1693.
"The Thanksgiving Dinner"
Nothing is said about which foul was used, but there is a letter floating around in some museum somewhere, from an early settler Edward Winslow, where he states that they went on a turkey hunt before the meal. Was that to catch, slaughter and cook. It's not recorded.
Benjamin Franklin called for the "Wild Turkey" to become the national bird. Could that have been the reason?
Ironically, the Eagle became the national symbol, celebrated 364 days a year. The Turkey, one day.
Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Since President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November, millions of turkeys are eaten annually on Thanksgiving Day.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!