Americans are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, the middle entry in the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Winter holidays trifecta. Plate up with some table talk about the origins of the holiday, the reason we eat turkey, and what really makes people so sleepy after the annual meal.
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Thanksgiving as we know it was deliberately invented in the nineteenth century.
They're red, tart, and mostly eaten at Thanksgiving. Love them or hate them, here are seven things you might not have known about the humble cranberry.
Thanksgiving is a feast so complex and semiotically dense that things are very often forgotten and rarely go according to plan.
First of all, why the name "turkey?"
Tofu turkey was created in 1990, but some Americans celebrated Thanksgiving with veggie dishes over a century ago.
They're more than just cooking tools.
Your turkey is not to blame.
From colonial times to the nineteenth century, Thanksgiving was very different from the holiday we know now.
The sweet potato is a New World food that spread around the world, including across the Pacific before the Europeans got there.
If you were reading Bradford's version of events, you might think that the survival of the Pilgrims' settlements was often in danger.