Most in U.S. Hold on to Thanksgiving Traditions; Americans Weigh in on Turkey Consumption, Dessert Preference
Byline: Jennifer Harper, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
For better or worse, someone is always trying to teach an old holiday new tricks. Thanksgiving is not immune to a few cheeky, revisionist ideas out to challenge the old traditions.
It could be an epic battle, as some things are firmly entrenched in America. We are still grateful for our lot in life, for one thing: 85 percent of us report we've got much to be thankful for, according to a Rasmussen poll released yesterday. Despite the travails of Election Day, Republicans are more likely to be happy than Democrats, 92 percent to 83 percent, respectively, even though the poll of 1,000 adults was conducted last Thursday and Friday after the election.
The old Norman Rockwell vision of Thanksgiving family, a burgeoning table, contented smiles also is intact. The poll found that 42 percent will enjoy today's big meal at home, 41 percent will be in a relative's home and 8 percent will dine with friends. Five percent will eat in a restaurant.
Oh, and "turkey is tops" with 81 percent of the population; almost half expect to eat too much of it today.
Our gobbler gobbling is considerable. Americans will consume 46 million turkeys today, according to the National Turkey Federation; our troops in Iraq alone will chow down on 20 tons, according to the Army's 1st Calvalry Division.
We do have pronounced opinions about turkeys, once favored over the bald eagle as our national emblem by none other than Benjamin Franklin.
More than 20,000 people, for example, responded to a White House call to name the two turkeys Flyer and Fryer who benefited yesterday from the customary pre-Thanksgiving presidential pardon. President Bush also ordered them sent in first-class airline seats to serve as grand marshalls of the Disneyland Thanksgiving Day Parade. …