Wednesday, November 21, 2012

30 Thanksgiving Fun Facts - Free Printables for Thanksgiving Dinner


Your Family will love learning about why Turkey's "Gobble-Gobble" and what Pilgrims ate during their first Thanksgiving Dinner with these Thanksgiving Fun Facts.

They are perfect for getting your whole family talking during Thanksgiving Dinner! Teach Me Genealogy has created 30 FREE Thanksgiving Fun Facts to use in your place settings or anywhere on the table.

2 Colors to Choose from (30 cards total on 5 pages) 
Traditional Colors
on left or Modern Colors on right
Click images to enlarge and get a closer look.
Click the image to download and print.
Okay, now for the fun part: Use a shower curtain ring to slip a cloth napkin through
and magically it's a napkin ring. (12 for $1.29 at Walmart)


Here's how your new (very inexpensive) napkin ring looks. Now just tape
the 
Fun Fact card to the ring.


Use masking tape or painters tape to adhere the Fun Fact card to the ring.

(masking tape won't rip the paper when you want to remove for storing)


Looks great doesn't it?

This place setting is sure to be an eye catcher that will leave your guest talkingfor a long time :)

Another option is placing the cards in a cute jar and passing it around until everyone gets a turn to read a Fun Fact card. Keep them stored away in this cute jar for the rest of the year. 

30 Thanksgiving Fun Facts:

  1. The Carbuncle is a brightly colored growth on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  2. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the United States national bird instead of the bald eagle!
  3. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” on October 3, 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  4. Turkey makes you sleepy because it contains L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid with a documented sleep inducing effect.
  5. Turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour. They can also fly at speeds between 50-55 mph.
  6. Female turkeys do not “gobble”. So, the next time you hear a “gobble - gobble” sound, you’ll  know it’s a male turkey, (a "Tom"). 
  7. Turkeys ears are small holes in the head located behind the eyes. Their hearing can pinpoint sounds from a mile away.
  8. Turkeys eye position allows the animal to see two objects at once, but limits its depth perception. Turkeys can gain a 360 degree field of view.
  9. The Wattle is the flap of skin under the turkey's chin that turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  10. The Snood is the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey's beak that turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  11. In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations. Which is about 4 billion pounds of turkey.
  12. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in 1924 and featured floats, clowns, bands and a few zoo animals.
  13. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States. 
  14. The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
  15. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving.
  16. The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to North America on a ship called the "Mayflower".
  17. The Plymouth Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts. 
  18. The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land. 
  19. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. 
  20. Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were NOT foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table. 
  21. Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese were most likely the foods eaten during the first Thanksgiving feast. 
  22. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. 
  23. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds. 
  24. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat. 
  25. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef. 
  26. Turkeys make a “gobble-gobble” sound and strut about shaking their feathers, which helps the male attract females for mating. 
  27. Domestic or tame turkeys weigh twice more than a wild turkey does, and are raised on farms for profit. 
  28. Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly. 
  29. Male Turkeys are called “Toms” or “Gobblers”. Female Turkeys are called “Hens”. Baby Turkeys are called “poults”. 
  30. Each spring male turkeys (Toms) try to befriend as many females as possible by puffing up their bodies and spreading their tail feathers.

Happy Thanksgiving 2012!!

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