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Turkey is eaten at Thanksgiving to commemorate the first Thanksgiving, when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians feasted on wild turkeys and other dishes.
Though nobody knows for sure what other dishes were eaten, there are records that describe wild turkey and venison being on the menu at this celebration in 1621.

Thanksgiving dinner - Wikipedia

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The centerpiece of contemporary Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada is a large meal, generally centered on a large roasted turkey which is only ...

Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? | Wonderopolis

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The history of the Thanksgiving turkey is a bit of a mystery. Nobody knows exactly how this particular bird earned a place of honor at the table each November, ...

Why do we eat turkey at Thanksgiving? - CBS News

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Nov 23, 2016 ... Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie – those are likely some of the foods that will be on the Thanksgiving dinner table, but why?

Why We Eat What We Eat On Thanksgiving | Mental Floss

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Nov 25, 2013 ... So why do we chow down on turkey, then? ... were pragmatic reasons for eating turkey rather than, say, chicken at a feast like Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day 2015: Why We Eat Turkey on the Holiday - Time

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Nov 25, 2015 ... Why We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving ... Should the birds become frightened, as turkeys are very want to do, “a cattle stampede [was] a tamer ...

So, Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? - Greatist

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Nov 25, 2015 ... In between making hand turkeys and pilgrim hats, we learned that the colonists celebrated their bountiful harvest in the New World in 1621 by ...

Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving - Why Turkey On ...

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Nov 14, 2016 ... Would it really be Thanksgiving without a big, juicy turkey? The bird and the holiday are so intertwined that we've even nicknamed the entire ...

The Real Reason We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving | Food & Wine

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Nov 25, 2015 ... The Real Reason We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving. Latest ... does it have something to do with Ben Franklin finding turkeys quite “respectable”?

Why do we eat turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas? - Slate

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Nov 25, 2009 ... Turkey is a mainstay of the Thanksgiving dinner. But it's not necessarily the best- tasting beast around, nor the cheapest. So how did turkey ...