Monday, November 20, 2006

Turkey Say: Relax (it's the tryptophan, man)

A columnist for our local paper brings up the phenomenon of the Turkey Note every year. It seems as though these things exist only in my neck of the woods. And what are these, uh, turkey notes of which I speak?
I remember making them when I was in elementary school. You take a small-ish piece of white paper and write a little rhyme on it, like "Turkey red, turkey blue, turkey says I love you!" The rule is that it has to have the word "turkey" and you have to use color words. Then, you roll up the paper and tie it with some yarn, then you cut and fringe the ends- so they end up looking like those little fake turkey leg warmers you see in pictures but no one ever uses. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, you put a Turkey Note on each person's plate as a little favor. A lot of people here still make them and it's become a tradition in many families. Someone speculated that they are a German tradition, since there were a lot of Germans who settled here. But, seeing as how Thanksgiving is really kind of exclusively an American holiday, that theory has been shot down.

So, has anyone else even heard of Turkey Notes? Do you have anything similar where you live?


Blogger Teacher lady said...

I have NEVER heard of them. Interesting!

11/20/2006 10:38 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

Never heard of them either.

My brother instituted the "everyone tell what you're grateful for" thing at the dinner table, which sounds corny, but the kids actually come up with some surprisingly nice stuff.

11/21/2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Bluebird said...

Never heard of them, and I lived for 12 years in a very German part of Ohio.

11/22/2006 7:05 PM  

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