How to live your life to get on the White House Thanksgiving Dinner

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“Hello! My name is Mr. Turkey and I would like to express my interest in White House Thanksgiving Turkey position.” 

If a Thanksgiving turkey had ever written a cover letter, it would probably start like this. Probably, each turkey dreams to go to the White House for a Thanksgiving Day, as this is the only way for them to escape their cruel fate and dive into the luxurious life. And we are going to tell you why! 

Turkey in Thanksgiving history timeline

Turkey has become a symbol of this holiday since the middle of the 19th century. Surprisingly, it was not the central dish at the First Thanksgiving Table of 1621. However, almost two centuries have passed until it became a national holiday. It was celebrated only in several regions of the country and was sometimes declared by presidents, but the holiday hadn’t completely caught on nationwide. Later in 1856 when Bradford’s journals were reprinted, they suddenly found lots of audiences who advocated establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday. The journal mentioned that turkey was a uniquely North American bird and natives hunted turkey for meat. And despite the descriptions of the First Supper mentioned ducks and geese, turkey has become a symbol of the holiday when it was established by Lincoln in 1863. This bird also has some other benefits in favor of becoming a traditional dish. First is quite pragmatic – it’s large enough for the hungry family sitting at the table. But it also has majestic looks and was even called by Franklin the most respected bird in America – even more, respected than the Bald Eagle.

What does it mean to pardon a turkey?

In such a way turkeys became very important birds, even though they didn’t expect it. They were even cooked for a White House Thanksgiving dinner. The tradition of sending turkey as a gift to American presidents has appeared. But once… The story tells that Abraham Lincoln’s son Teddy rescued a turkey from a Thanksgiving table and asked to save its life. Instead of serving it for the Thanksgiving dinner, they adopted it as a pet and named it Jack. It became the first in history turkey pardon. However, it became a tradition much later. Turkeys were occasionally rescued from time to time but the first president who is considered to establish the turkey pardon tradition was John Kennedy sending 25kg turkey back to the farm saying “let it grow”. And the term “turkey pardon” comes from President George H. W. Bush who became the first president to pardon a turkey literally in 1989 in order to calm down animal rights activists picketing nearby.

Now the tradition is kept and loved by the whole country. Each year the best turkey in America is chosen to be a special guest for the Thanksgiving at the White House. They receive names and get voted by children at the foster farms for the most deserving candidate. One girl said: “I was voting for one of the nervous ones because I think every turkey should be given a chance”.  The bird chosen for presidential thanksgiving receives the number of benefits. First of all, it stays alive, unlike 46m of other turkeys cooked for the Thanksgiving. For some period of time, rescued turkeys spent their lives at the place called Frying Pan Farm Park. Later they went to Disneyland where they were called “the happiest turkeys in the world” and lived media lives, taking part in different parades and demonstrations. For several years they were also sent to Mount Vernon – former George Washington plantation in Virginia. Nowadays turkeys are moved to a Morven Park in Virginia, where they live the rest of their lives receiving lots of attention as well as veterinary care. We believe that every turkey dreams to become a chosen one.  Now if you promise that you can keep secrets, we would share some with you. Did you know that each year there’re two turkeys that are pardoned? Each turkey chosen has a backup in case something goes wrong. That’s why it has a companion to go for a rest. Last year Wishbone and Drumstick were the luckiest. We hope they are safe and sound and happy that they received this unique chance.

For a second we imagined how exciting preparations to become the main turkey of the year might be. We are sure that each turkey prepares thoroughly for the elections. First of all, it carefully chooses the parents to be born from — they must be noble, have good genes and excellent looks. Then it learns to walk as much sublimely as it can, holding its head high into the sky. Besides, it takes everyday care of itself, cleaning the feathers, achieving the best head tone with the newest turkey skin care. Besides taking care of its looks, each turkey has to develop its interpersonal skills, working hard on growing up its dignity, leadership and communication skills, as well as ability to work in the stressful environment, because ones it has to appear in the limelight. When November comes, they prepare their professional resume and apply for the elections. Here is an example of one of such CVs. 

Mr. Turkey’s Resume 

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