Thanksgiving is a memorable day for family gatherings, festive meals, fellowship and thanking the Lord for our many blessings. Traditional celebrations will make a feast around the beloved turkey. We had a delicious meal at our daughters today and enjoyed it very much. She tried a variety of new recipes and we loved them all, especially the brined turkey. I’m thankful she sent us home with leftovers! I will leave you a link to her recipes at the end of this post. Now on to my turkey tale.
Wild turkeys gather on my parents farm. The iconic birds arrive unannounced off-season and put on a show. On a weekend visit one spring, we observed such a gathering. Several toms strutted near the house, showing off their plumage. We peered out the windows and were certainly impressed!
Here are a few facts about wild turkeys that you may not know:
1. In Native American culture, turkey feathers symbolize abundance, pride and fertility. They were used for various regalia. It’s not hard to visualize a headdress with turkey feathers. I took a photo of one a few months ago at a museum that was very impressive.
2. Wild turkeys fly up into trees at night and roost in groups.
3. Wild turkeys can swim when they need to.
4. Wild turkeys are the most popular game bird.
5. Turkeys gobble with a distinctive sound that can be heard a mile away.
6. Wild turkeys are curious creatures. One liked to roost on my parents roof and peek into their front storm door.
If you live in an area with a turkey habitat you could attract wild turkeys by planting nut-bearing or berry trees, especially if you have a large yard near woods.
My Thanksgiving post would not be complete without some photos of food. Here are a few shots of our traditional Thanksgiving feast last year, when all of our kids gathered together at my folks farm with my brothers and their children. Precious times with my people!
For these printable patterns and an assortment of Thanksgiving ideas and recipes visit my Give Thanks pinterest board. The recipes for the yummy new dishes we sampled today at Alissa’s are here and her delicious turkey was here. We really liked the roasted vegetables and cauliflower salad.
From our house to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you feel the love of the Father who has blessed us beyond measure, even in lean or challenging times.
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18