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Happy Thanksgiving To All

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING, I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP
TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS, I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP.

THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED - THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT

TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.

SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.

I GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.

I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.

I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.

BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.

MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY, MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP.
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP,

MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS.

MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING BE BLESSED
post #2 of 24
Aw cool Thanks Giving poem
post #3 of 24
That was really good - but can I just ask I always hear "yams" and "Thanksgiving" in the same sentance... what is the significance, if any!??!! What do you DO with the Yams?!!?
post #4 of 24
Put it on sandwiches? Yam Butties
post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yams (Sweet Potatoes) are a traditional Thanksgiving side dish. Most people serve Candied Yams.
post #6 of 24
Potatoes!?!?!? Oh my goodness... I'm not even going to tell you what I thought they were..... :LOL: :LOL: :LOL: :LOL:
post #7 of 24
See, a Yam butty doesn't sound daft at all now
post #8 of 24
You're right.... :LOL:
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
Silly Brits
post #10 of 24
I love Yams!!! I like them candied or just plain, YUMMY!! Oh and Bod, yams are like an orange potato that are very traditional for Turkey Day here in the US.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
post #11 of 24
Actually, yams and sweet potatoes are two different things. Sweet potatoes are native to North America and yams are native to Africa.

As for me, I can't stand either one!
post #12 of 24
This is a sweet potato:

post #13 of 24
Call me an ignoramous, but when is Thanks-giving? How do you candy a yam?
post #14 of 24
Thanksgiving in the US is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November, so it's next week on Thursday. The day after Thanksgiving is generally considered the busiest shopping day of the year since many people do most of their Christmas shopping then, and there are GREAT sales!

Candied Yams, and please correct me if I'm wrong, are just yams baked up with butter, some brown sugar and marshmallows. Makes for a very sweet side dish.
post #15 of 24
...or sans the marshmallows. My Dad's a diabetic, so we grew up with a casserole made out of sweet potato, butter and apples! Yum!

For those unfamiliar with Thanksgiving, it is, ironically, a celebration of Native Americans generously sharing food with starving pioneers. It is, as it is named, a time for us to give Thanks for all we have. I'm not so sure the Native Americans celebrate....

But at the "original" dinner, supposedly Turkey, corn stuffing, gravy, chestnuts, sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin were served. So traditional Thanksgiving dinners usually include Turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, some type of sweet potato dish, and Pumpkin Pie. The rest varies from family to family. Ours was either a green bean casserole with a toasted almond topping, or a casserole with peas and pearl onions.

I always LOVED the leftovers the next day the best. Weird, hunh?

Thanks Sabra - that was great!!

post #16 of 24
We already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada. Here's a little "Thanksgiving history" showing the difference between Thanksgiving in Canada and the U.S.


Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October. This year Thanksgiving will fall on Monday, October 14, 2002

Thanksgiving in Canada has generally thought to come from three traditions.

1. European farmers in Europe held celebrations at harvest time to give thanks for their good fortune of a good harvest and abundance of food. They would often fill a curved goat's horn with fruits and grains. This was known as a cornucopia or horn of good plenty. When Europeans came to Canada it is thought to have become an influence on the Canadian Thanksgiving tradition.

2. Around 1578 English navigator Martin Frobisher held a ceremony, in what is now called the province of Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving his journey there. Other settlers later arrived and continued these "thankful" ceremonies. This was also thought to be an influence on the Canadian Thanksgiving tradition.

3. The third influence happened in 1621 in what was to become the United States. Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the "New World". Around 1750 this celebration of harvest was brought to Nova Scotia by American settlers from the south. At the same time, French settlers arriving were also holding feasts of "thanksgiving". These celebrations and offerings of "Thanks" influenced the Canadian Thanksgiving.


In 1879 Canadian Parliament declared November 6th a day of Thanksgiving and a national holiday. Over the years the date of Thanksgiving changed several times until on January 31st, 1957 Parliament proclaimed....."that the 2nd Monday in October"........"be a Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.".

In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November according to a declaration by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. If you think about it this does make sense - since in Canada we have a shorter growing season and our harvest is sooner then in the US - our Thanksgiving celebrations should be earlier to celebrate the harvest time.
post #17 of 24
Happy Turkey Day!
post #18 of 24
Very Informative Kassandra! I learn something new about Canada everyday! I love my country!
post #19 of 24
Here's a link, for a great turkey recipe. Enjoy!
http://www.sendingfun.com/turkeyprep/flash.asp
post #20 of 24
Don't forget the new thanksgiving cards!!!

http://www.thecatsite.com/postcards/thanksgiving.html

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!
post #21 of 24
Yes!!! Happy Thanksgiving day to everyone here!!! And may you all never taste a yam!! :LOL: (I don't care much for yams....can you tell? ) But Rhea...what DID you think they were???? :LOL:
post #22 of 24
Sabra - great poem - had to forward it to all my friends.

Have to agree with Debby, though, on the yams thing - not anything I'll ever eat.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

~Sandi
post #23 of 24
Oh Debby... the shame!!! Poor un-educated me!!! I thought (don't ask why, cos I have no idea WHY!) that they were some kinda sea food?!?!?!?! Y'know, clams, muscles, oysters, yams... etc etc etc... FOR SHAME!!!
post #24 of 24
Sweet potatoes are also delicious baked like a regular baking potato, served smothered with butter, sugar and cinnamon.
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