Five things you Probably Don’t Know about Thanksgiving

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When you gather your friends and family together for Thanksgiving this year, give a thought to the pilgrims and the Native Americans as you sit down to enjoy your annual feast.

According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, there are probably a few things that you didn’t know about one of America’s favorite holidays. As hard as it may seem to believe, nearly every belief about Thanksgiving has either changed or developed into new facets and traditions.

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These days the first thought about turkey day is stuffing yourselves with great food; however, Thanksgiving wasn’t also about feasting. Before the 17th century, Thanksgiving was more about mediation, prayer, and hold on to your hat for this one, fasting.

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Historians are still scratching their heads when it comes to Thanksgiving, as there are no recorded instances of the colonists sharing a feast with the Native Americans after harvests, or any other time for that matter. The pilgrims and the Native Americans had a long history of violence so it is quite unlikely that the two groups gathered together for Thanksgiving.

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Eating turkey doesn’t make you fall asleep. Contrary to popular belief, it is most probably the wine and other alcoholic libations that make you sleepy. Tryptophan, the ingredient in turkey that supposedly makes you go to sleep needs to be consumed on an empty stomach and even then the amino acids that are in the protein will reach your brain before it can take effect. According to National Geographic, soybeans contain much more tryptophan than turkey does. No wonder people who go on a tofurkey binge are the first to pass out. For those that are unaware, tofu is the main ingredient in tofurkey and tofu is made from soybeans.

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The first TV dinner actually came from an overabundance of turkey when a company known as Swanson and Sons found themselves stuck with about 250 tons of turkey. A salesman by the name of Gerry Thomas came up with the idea to form an assembly line where employees used spatulas and ice-cream scoops to fill 5,000 aluminum trays full of turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes creating the first ever TV dinner. Mr. Thomas admitted to getting the idea from those packaged airline food trays.

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The popular Christmas Carol, Jingle Bells, was originally a Thanksgiving song. Composer James Pierpont wrote the song for children celebrating turkey day in 1857. It became so popular that it was repeated at Christmas as well with people singing it again, and again.

This Thanksgiving SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like you to take a moment to be thankful for family, friends, and everything that you enjoy on your table. Happy Thanksgiving!