The Gobble Gobble Breakout

The turkey is ready to be carved, the cranberries are in the bowl, and the whipped creme for the pumpkin pie is chilling in the refrigerator. Thanksgiving dinner is waiting for you, but FIRST you need to solve The Gobble Gobble Breakout --- you have 45 minutes.

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of every November. Friends and family gather to feast on turkey and all the trimmings. In the morning, some families might watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Macy’s Department Store will host their 92nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 28, 2019. The parade starts at 9 am EST and ends at 12:00 pm. The parade line-up includes marching bands, floats, performing groups, and plenty of BIG helium balloons.

Turkey was not even served at the first Thanksgiving.

Pilgrims did not use forks because they were not invented yet.

Fifty million pumpkin pies are eaten at Thanksgiving.

If Benjamin Franklin had his way, the turkey would be our national bird. In a letter to his daughter he wrote the eagle had "bad moral character." And a turkey, on the other hand, was a "much more respectable bird."

Ben Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he helped write the Declaration of Independence, and he made important contributions to science.

The cornucopia is a symbol of Thanksgiving. It is a horn shaped basket filled with nuts, flowers, or food. It is used as a symbol of plenty and prosperity.

Turkey Names:

- Female turkeys are called hens and they do not gobble, instead they make small, chirping noises.

- Male turkeys are called toms and they do gobble.

- A baby turkey is called a poult or chick.

- A group of wild turkeys is called a flock.

Believe it or not, there are a few towns in America that have tasty Thanksgiving table names.

Sarah Josepha Hale is probably the person most responsible for making Thanksgiving a holiday. At the time she lived, the states each picked their own day to celebrateThanksgiving.

She spent 17 years writing letters to five United States presidents campaigning for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday. Finally on October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation and Thanksgiving became an official holiday.

Sarah also wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

The Vote is In!

39% of Americans choose pumpkin as their favorite Thanksgiving pie. Followed by apple pie with 26%. Third choice is pecan with 20%. And 15% picked another choice of pie, such as: blueberry, cherry, and chocolate pecan pie. Yummy!

created by: Peggy Reimers Please email preimers@tcea.org for questions, comments or hints.