TX.’s top 10 for Turkey Day

Nov 27 2013 - 11:45am


Illustration by KARISSA WANG/Nuames/wangkarissa@gmail.com
Illustration by KARISSA WANG/Nuames/wangkarissa@gmail.com

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the anticipated holiday season. It is a time when family and friends can come together and be thankful for what they have, while making new memories that can never be forgotten.

Many different things can occur during this beloved holiday, whether it is eating yummy pies, telling funny stories or preparing for the next day of Black Friday shopping.

Since this holiday has so many great aspects to it, we couldn't focus on just one. To ensure that our readers could learn all about the exciting events that have to do with Thanksgiving, a few of our TX. writers are sharing some their Top 10 lists for this great holiday!

-- Melissa Johns, Bonneville High

Top 10 Things to Do

1. Sleep!

2. Go to the movies

3. Tell what your favorite food was

4. Play games

5. Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

6. Visit family

7. Help make the feast

8. Tell stories

9. Watch football

10. Say what you're thankful for

-- Melissa Johns, Bonneville High

10 Family Traditions

1. Continued feasting: With all of the extra food from dinner, my family has a large supply of delicious leftovers to continue to feast on long after the actual day.

2. Cleaning duty: For Thanksgiving, the men in my family are in charge of doing the dishes, though somehow my Grandpa seems to slip out of doing it every year.

3. Family competitions: We like to play several games together while hanging out, including one unique to us, called "Hawaiian ping-pong."

4. Watching football: While taking some time to relax from the other activities of the day, my family often watches an NFL game to see who will claim the Galloping Gobbler Award as the day's best player.

5. Homemade pies: Thanksgiving in my family comes with a large selection of food, not the least of which is the homemade pies, with some of the more common ones being pumpkin, mincemeat, lemon meringue and apple.

6. Attitude of Gratitude: In the spirit of the holiday, each year my family writes down a list of things they are grateful for.

7. Turkey Bowl: You almost couldn't have Thanksgiving without playing football yourself; playing in some sort of pick-up game, either just with my family alone or with friends as well, is certainly a long-time holiday tradition.

8. Turkey Trot: With hopes of building up an appetite for dinner, getting a workout in for the day, winning a trophy, or just being a good supporter from the sidelines, a "turkey trot" always occupies the morning of Thanksgiving.

9. Family mingling: During Thanksgiving, my family meets together with all sorts of immediate and extended family. For as long as I can remember, we would spend much of that time with or at my grandparent's house.

10. Turkey dinner: Stuffing, rolls, yams, mashed potatoes, ham, turkey ... from the delicious food to the great conversation, there is no dinner that quite compares to Thanksgiving with my family.

-- Brigham Flint, Fremont High

10 Turkey Facts

1. The Thanksgiving icon almost became an American symbol. Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be named the national bird.

2. Turkeys sleep in trees.

3. Each male turkey has his own unique gobbling style, which he uses to attract potential mates.

4. Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, combines with the mass amounts of carbohydrates consumed at your Thanksgiving feast to make you feel sleepy.

5. Wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour! They're pretty speedy, but the majority of their domestic counterparts are earthbound.

6. A turkey has a body part called a snood. It's the fleshy, floppy piece of skin that hangs over the beak.

7. The gizzard is actually part of a turkey's stomach. It contains previously swallowed stones that help break up food.

8. Baby turkeys are called poults.

9. The turkey trot, a ballroom dance, mimics the short, strutting steps of America's favorite Thanksgiving bird.

10. The gobblers can weigh almost 90 pounds! According to the National Wild Turkey Federation (who knew we had one of those, anyway?) the largest wild bird on record was a whopping 37 pounds. However, the heaviest domestic turkey tops that by a long shot; weighing in at 86 pounds.

-- Elle Gossner, Weber High

Top 10 Foods

1. Veggies

2. Cranberries

3. Jell-O

4. Mashed potatoes

5. Stuffing

6. Rolls

7. Salad

8. Pies

9. Ham

10. Turkey

-- Melissa Johns, Bonneville High

10 Reasons to Love Pie

1. Pie makes the whole family happy. As Jane Austen said, "Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness."

2. Pie requires lots of butter. As we all know, any recipe that calls for tons of butter will undoubtedly turn out delicious.

3. Temperature is irrelevant. Much like pizza, pie can be eaten warm or cold and still tastes delectable.

4. The crust. Need I say more?

5. It's one of those rare foods that you can pile whipped cream on top of without getting any disapproving looks.

6. If you have eaten all the pie inside, the tin makes an excellent shield during a post-Thanksgiving food fight.

7. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 3,699 pounds.

8. Throwing a pie at someone's face is a (semi) nonviolent way to vent your anger.

9. Pie is a national icon. The New York Times once printed the statement, "Pie is the American symbol of prosperity," and even went so far as to say that, "Pie is the food of the heroic. No pie-eating nation can ever be vanquished."

10. Pie tastes good. Enough said.

-- Elle Gossner, Weber High

Top 10 Disasters

Believe it or not, all of these have actually happened!

1. The fire alarm goes off during dinner.

2. A power outage in the middle of dinner/cooking.

3. The rolls catch fire in the oven.

4. The fridge door/oven breaks the night before.

5. The dog steps in the pumpkin pie.

6. Your girlfriend/boyfriend breaks up with you the day before Thanksgiving.

7. The plastic bag is left inside the turkey and it melts.

8. The yams explode in a glass pan and melt to the burner.

9. You run over the turkey with your car.

10. Using powdered sugar, instead of flour, to try and thicken the gravy.

-- Jordan Thornblad, Viewmont High

10 Uses for Leftovers


1. Turkey pot pies

2. Sweet potato casserole

3. Have a giant pie fest with all the pie leftovers

4. Turkey sandwiches

5. Food fight


1. Turkey ice cream

2. Brussels sprouts. Well, let's face it. Anything with Brussels sprouts in it is going to be nasty.

3. Turkey sushi

4. Broccoli egg rolls

5. Turkey tacos

-- Elle Gossner, Weber High

10 Black Friday Shops

Can't figure out where you want to do your Black Friday shopping? Here are some ideas:

1. Amazon

2. Best Buy

3. Kohl's

4. Lowe's

5. Macy's

6. Target

7. Walmart

8. Toys R Us

9. Cabela's

10. Sports Authority

-- Jordan Thornblad, Viewmont High

10 Things NOT to Do

1. Have a bad attitude

2. Eat all the food

3. Make a Christmas list

4. Be greedy

5. Decorate for Christmas

6. Go shopping

7. Make Christmas cookies

8. Be on a diet

9. Watch Christmas movies

10. Think it's Christmas

-- Melissa Johns, Bonneville High





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