Be a winner and get to make your wish this holiday!

December 3, 2019
radar wishbone


This holiday season, your dinner main dish may be a big ol’ turkey.  Just like the lyrics in, “The Christmas Song” sing…. “Everybody knows, a turkey and some mistletoe”, the turkey is a holiday tradition for families to enjoy.


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Another tradition is about a certain part of the turkey.  Back in the day, people believed the, “furcular” or, wishbone could predict the future.  They put it out in the sun, and made wishes on it.  To give more people a chance at the belief of luck, they decided to snap the wishbone.  Two people would each pull on one side of the bone, and whoever got the bigger piece would then get their wish.  Thus was born, “the wishbone”.


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The cultural ritual was then passed down to many generations, and carried on by English settlers in the New World (uh, what became the U.S.)   

If you didn’t get the bigger piece at Thanksgiving, here are a few tips to help make your wishes come true after Christmas dinner!


  1. The bone has to be dry.  Set the wishbone out for at least a day before snapping.
  2. Try to take the thickest side of the bone.  More thickness means more torque!
  3. Hold it close to the top with your thumb and forefinger.
  4. Let the other person pull.  There’s more chance it’ll break by the bending, rather than holding it still!


Who in your family gets to break the wishbone?  Once, my brother and I got into a heated debate on which side we would pull.  Like brothers do.  He felt one side was weaker, and thought I’d, “win” and get the bigger piece once we broke it.  That meant my wish would come true.  My brother almost walked out on Thanksgiving!  As the baby of the family, I got what I wanted…but my wish of opening the garage, and seeing the Trans Am from the movie, “Smokey and the Bandit” never came true.