Turkey Tealight Holder
This festive tealight is sure to brighten your table! Measuring 2.5” high, this antique turkey tealight holder has a bronze powder-coat finish that is bound to be a hit in all your fall decor. The turkey’s tail feathers, fanned out on full display behind him, accentuate the gentle candlelight (tealight candle not included). This turkey tealight holder also makes an elegant hostess gift if you are traveling to a loved one’s house for a big holiday meal.
The turkey is a uniquely American bird, and it was supposedly hunted by colonists living at Plymouth Rock in 1621 when the famous “First Thanksgiving” took place. One theory suggests that the bird also gained popularity as the center for holiday meals is that it is a very large bird, so it is more suitable for feeding many guests at your table than, say, a chicken. Turkey has become so synonymous with the holiday, in fact, that many people call it “Turkey Day” -- so our little turkey tealight holder is sure to be the perfect centerpiece for the occasion.
Although Thanksgiving has been celebrated since the early 1600s, it wasn’t made an official holiday in the United States until 1863, when, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared that a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise” would be celebrated on the last Thursday of November.
Turkeys aren’t just popular at Thanksgiving; in fact, they have been eaten at traditional Christmas feasts as well since at least the 1500s in England. In Charles Dickens’ familiar classic, A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is an old miser who has a change of heart; at the end of the story, he gifts his employee’s family with a great, big turkey.
A popular myth about the turkey is that Benjamin Franklin wanted the bird to represent our nation instead of the bald eagle. (Unfortunately, this isn’t true -- although Franklin was not keen on having the bald eagle on the Great Seal.) Although this little guy might not represent our country, he’ll certainly be happy to represent your impeccable taste in holiday decorating!
Just imagine the scene that might unfold with this festive little turkey as your Thanksgiving table’s centerpiece… All day, you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen, preparing stuffing, roasting the turkey, mashing potatoes, steaming vegetables, and, of course, baking pumpkin pie. At last, you hear the doorbell ring. Quickly removing your apron, you rush to the door to greet your family, who are standing there with heavy jackets and smiles from ear to ear. You usher them inside, and everyone begins chatting all at once at how nice it is to see you again, that they’ve missed you, and that the weather sure is cold for this time of year! The smell of a delicious, home-cooked feast wafts through the air, and everyone is eager to start dinner. As someone pours glasses of sparkling apple cider, they stop and marvel at the cute little turkey tealight holder at the center of your table, and ask you where you found such a marvelous thing.
“Little Obsessed,” you reply, glowing as brightly as the tealight on your table.