2021 Thanksgiving is almost here. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?  As we have in previous years, we interrupt our more serious blogging topics.

This blog is dedicated to bringing you and your family some light-hearted Thanksgiving Treats! However, the “treats in this 2021 Thanksgiving Blog are not edible.  And they won’t hurt your teeth.

We certainly do not want to encourage THAT after the possible sugar binges of Halloween.

Our Attitude of Gratitude Spiked after Halloween Candy Buy-Back!

2021 Thanksgiving Has Special Offerings.

2021 Thanksgiving Question For Kids: What Does Every Turkey Want For Thanksgiving?

And speaking of Halloween, we sincerely thank the families who participated in our Halloween Candy Buy-Back.

Also, just in case you don’t know, we did not keep all that candy!  When you brought it to us, we shipped it off to our soldiers and first responders.

Now, we are certain our soldiers and first responders will enjoy the treats you sold us—and brush their teeth after indulging.

Our 2021 Thanksgiving Attitude of Gratitude

At Dentistry for Children, we are now sending this blog of gratitude packed with thought-provoking treats. It’s our way to bring you some 2021 Thanksgiving joy– and perhaps a grin or two.

First and foremost, there could not be a better time to express our heartfelt best wishes for a Happy 2021 Thanksgiving for our friends, our patients, patient’s families, vendors, and acquaintances.

We are seeing signs of gratitude everywhere, and we assure you our gratitude for our patients burns especially brightly this season.

And now we invite you to read on to find some happy attitude-adjusting trivia for the great Gratitude holiday.  Instead of sweet treats, we hope you enjoy these little nuggets of 2021 Thanksgiving knowledge.

Once Again, A Two Turkeys Appeal to the President

The First Thanksgiving Menu Was Almost Sugar (Free, That Is.)

A few days before our 2021 Thanksgiving Day, The President of the USA will save the life of a turkey.  In fact, he will save two of them.  He conducts a ceremony known as “The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.”

President Biden will grant legally binding Presidential Pardons to 2 special turkeys from Indiana.  His signature saves them from becoming Thanksgiving dinners. He cancels their execution dates.

Did You Know About This Special 2021 Thanksgiving Ceremony?

  • President George H. W. Bush formalized this light-hearted tradition in 1989.
  • “Successive presidents have granted presidential pardons to many a turkey.  Additionally, these lucky birds now enjoy a life of comfort in a farm for the rest of their life.”

We at Dentistry for Children think this is probably one witty government decision that everyone in the USA can celebrate.

Fun Facts from The First Thanksgiving Dinner:  Our 2021 Thanksgiving Treat Number 2

Will I Get A Presidential Pardon?

What do you think was on the menu for the very first special Thanksgiving Feast?  We were surprised to learn the truth behind the menu.

Dinner on that First Thanksgiving feast might have been extremely different from our modern concept of Thanksgiving dinner. Here are the facts:

  • The Pilgrim historical chronicler, Edward Winslow, wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four of his men “on a fowling mission in preparation for the event…”  (Of course, we know that those fowl were wild turkeys.)
  • Likewise, we know that the Wampanoag guests brought five deer to the party.

First Thanksgiving:  Nothing for the Sweet Tooth

We cannot imagine not having pies and cakes for Thanksgiving Dinner Desserts.  However, historical experts tell us that the Pilgrims did not have ovens!  Likewise, they had very little sugar.  (This might have been a very good thing since dentistry was a primitive science in those days.)

You know what that means; it was highly unlikely there were pies, cakes, or pastries.

That is sort of a horrifying thought for modern celebrants of Thanksgiving.  You see, today we almost take these sweet treats for granted.

Take heart, however, because historians have discovered that the Pilgrims had the common spices associated with those recipes.

Therefore we can speculate that they incorporated cinnamon, cloves, and other spices into some type of recipe. This might have been the origin of stuffing, or bread pudding, but not pies and cakes.

Is cranberry sauce part of your favorite Thanksgiving delight?  For the first thanksgiving,  the cranberry tradition was very different than in our 2021 Thanksgiving.

You see, the Wampanoag Indians did not eat them, but they used them to make a decorative dye. Think how surprised they’d be to see us eating what they used for art supplies.

Our Thanksgiving Treat Number Three:  Fun Facts from Abraham Lincoln

Finally, our third treat in this blog is a view of Abraham Lincoln’s special Thanksgiving words.  You might not have ever heard of them, although we quoted them in a previous blog.

Still, they stand the test of time.  They seem as perfect for our 2021 Thanksgiving celebration as they were in his time.

He stated, “It has seemed to me fit and proper that (God’s gifts) should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people.”

And he added, “I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens…to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”-From President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863

Our Fun Facts for Your 2021 Thanksgiving Won’t Hurt Your Teeth

2021 Thanksgiving: A Special Family Time.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. And Don’t Forget to Brush.

We at Dentistry for Children, hope you have enjoyed these little treats of fun facts from the past.

And now we wish you happiness, health, and prosperity on this coming Thanksgiving Holiday 2021.  As healthcare providers, we cannot help but suggest you take a walk or do something active after your big 2021 Thanksgiving dinner.

Likewise, we would be remiss if we did not remind you to brush and floss at the end of your day of feasting and family fun. Happy Thanksgiving!