Everything You Need to Know To Be the Most Informed and Interesting Conversationalist at the Table this Thanksgiving
In preparation for Thanksgiving this year, I've fallen down a rabbit hole of exploring some of the history of the holiday and how it's developed over the last four centuries. (Yes, arguably, in preparation for Thanksgiving I should be cooking sweet potatoes, coffee pie, and dressing, but how would I really get in the spirit if I didn't frantically go to the grocery late at night and then cook the day before/morning of Thanksgiving.)
I started this journey when my daughter asked some questions about the first Thanksgiving, many of which I wasn't really sure about, but then it morphed into an attempt to be well-informed for some good Thanksgiving conversation. Future Conversationalist and what not.
The aspiring conversationalist in me has learned a ton - some substantive history, some obscure trivia, and some purely entertaining tidbits. Here's a quick crash course in the best of what I've learned to help you to be a riveting conversationalist on Thursday:
For the informed, historical conversationalist...
The Smithsonian Magazine provides a good look at what happened at the first Thanksgiving: "How an Unremarkable 'Brunch in the Forest' Turned into The Thanksgiving We Know." A really interesting and informative read.
What better place to get a slightly different version of Thanksgiving facts than the BBC's History Extra, which was quick to point out some idiosyncracies of the day that I hadn't read elsewhere: "7 Facts You Might Not Know About the History of Thanksgiving."
Also, I'd never really thought about why we celebrated Thanksgiving on a Thursday. When you do stop and think about it, it's a little unusual. Time tells you why: "The Real Reason Thanksgiving is Always on a Thursdsay."
Finally, for some Thanksgiving trivia, check out The History Channel's "Thanksgiving History Facts and Trivia." (There are some good, one-off obscure facts that you can blurt out if you fear the conversation is veering towards politics.)
For the laugh-inducing, one-liner, joke-telling conversationalist...
The Atlantic gives an entertaining, nay edifying, lesson on when to have the big meal: "The Correct Time to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner."
The Bustle was planning ahead with "17 Funny Thanksgiving 2018 Instagram Caption Ideas That Will Make You Laugh out Loud."
Romper nails it by highlighting some of the universal thoughts, stressors, and experiences of Thanksgiving with its compilation of Thanksgiving Mems and GIFs.
And Finally, Adele and SNL...
Happiest of Thanksgivings and may you be the best conversationalist at the table!