Thanksgiving is a holiday that is brimming with traditions, both historical and personal to our families. For over 100 years, Tobler’s Flowers has been a tradition in the Kansas City area, and we have had the honor of helping many of you to decorate your homes and holiday tables for these special occasions. So whether you are creating new customs or you celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving. we are your source for all things festive.
Did you ever wonder where some of our Thanksgiving traditions come from? We thought we would take a quick look to see where our most iconic customs originated, even as we look at new ways that culture has evolved. For instance, the holiday turkey is one of the most recognizable aspects of the day, with 88% of Americans putting the bird on the Thanksgiving table – that represents 46 million turkeys! But you may be surprised to hear that the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth does not record a turkey as part of the menu – instead, the Indians brought venison and the Pilgrims were said to provide smaller waterfowl and seafood (lobster and clams). Turkeys may have eventually made their way to the table because of the ease of hunting them, and their sheer numbers – not to mention, that their size allowed for many more people to be fed.
The New Twist
For those who don’t like to wait for their bird, deep-frying turkeys has been gaining acceptance across the country. This Cajun tradition was first popularized in the 1990’s, and despite some inherent danger in the process, has rapidly been growing in popularity. With minimal preparation time and a delicious deep fried taste, many are convinced it is the only way to make a holiday bird!
Since 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been an important tradition. It was originally organized by immigrant employees who wanted to find a way to express their gratitude for their new home. A decade later it was broadcast over the radio, and of course, it has since become a staple on our TV sets on Thanksgiving Day. The custom of playing (and watching ) football began in 1934, a publicity stunt by the Detroit Lions. The fledgling franchise was desperate for fans, and so decided to play on a day no one else did. They have not missed a Thanksgiving in nearly 9 decades, and are now joined by the Dallas Cowboys and a third, rotating roster of teams for pre-and post-meal enjoyment.
The New Twist
While in the past some cleaned the table and others settled in for football, more and more families are reporting that the new tradition after the meal is the shopping trip! Once the meal is completed, many begin to prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year, often heading out with the entire family.
Whichever Thanksgiving you prefer – traditional, modern or an eclectic mix of both – Tobler’s Flowers remains one of the Thanksgiving traditions you can count on. For home decor, seasonal centerpieces or Thanksgiving hostess gifts, call us today and get your order in early! From our family to yours, we wish you a fantastic holiday.