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
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 talking for 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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