So, I’ll get straight to the point; here are my top 3 reasons to have turkey for Thanksgiving:
- It’s Tradition!
- It’s Delicious!
I like tradition. I think traditions have a place in a family’s history, a culture’s history, a society’s history. I don’t remember ever having anything other than turkey for Thanksgiving and I don’t really WANT to have anything other than turkey for Thanksgiving. Turkey represents Thanksgiving to me (and, I’m sure millions of other Americans) and it represents the start of the holiday season. If it was good enough for the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621, it’s good enough for me!
Roasted Turkey (and I’m sure even other ways of preparation, too) is the “cherry on top” of the Thanksgiving meal. Succulent and juicy, with crackling golden-brown skin, turkey is always a winning option. And, a turkey roasting in the oven creates a savory aroma that just whets the appetite with our sense of smell sending signals to our brains of the delicious Thanksgiving feast we are about to share! From the first bite, whether you are a turkey purist and eat the first bite all by itself or you are a turkey traditionalist, loading that first bite with turkey and gravy or a turkey radical, loading that first bite with turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes AND cranberry sauce so that you don’t miss ANYTHING, that first bite is the “aha” moment and seals the deal announcing, yes, THANKSGIVING DAY is here and we can be thankful for many, many things including the deliciousness of turkey (WOW – that’s a run-on sentence and a half!).
Need I say more? What’s a Thanksgiving weekend without Turkey Soup or a Turkey Sandwich? If there are no leftovers, how can you enjoy Turkey Pot Pie or Turkey Shepherd’s Pie made from leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy all piled on top of each other and topped with cranberry sauce? Most of the time, I make two turkeys just to make sure I have leftovers. From past experience, not making two has left me “turkey-less” because guests usually want to take some leftovers home and who am I to refuse? I don’t like being “turkey-less” – I want my leftovers! But, I also like to share, so two turkeys it is!
Here’s my Thanksgiving Toast to all lovers of turkey and tradition:
Here’s to Thanksgiving tradition and all it implies Here’s to feasting on casseroles, mashed potatoes and pies Here’s to delicious turkey roasting in the oven Here’s to a Thanksgiving Day full of family lovin’ Here’s to turkey leftovers enough to share And, gobbling up and pigging out, if you dare!
Per earlier post (see The Wishing Well), I warned you I’m not a poet!
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!