Fun Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgiving…the holiday where we all travel, cook, eat, drink and end up feeling stuffed for days.  But no matter where we go, who we are with or how great the meal is, Thanksgiving is a day when we get to step back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and be thankful for all those little splendors we are usually too busy to think about.  To make things even better, Thanksgiving also means a day off from work for most of us!

Although the majority of people know the story of how Thanksgiving came to be, there are many not-so-known facts about the Thanksgiving holiday that I dug up and thought would be fun to share.  I apologize if you are one of those people who do not enjoy learning useless facts and historical tidbits, but at least maybe you can take some of these fun facts and use them as conversation pieces with those friends and family members that you will be trying to make small talk with tomorrow!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I hope you all have a very safe and enjoyable holiday.

  • The first Thanksgiving celebration back in 1621 lasted not one afternoon but three days.
  • The traditional Thanksgiving menu as we know it was not what was eaten at the first Thanksgiving.  It is thought that the meal would have consisted of items more like rabbit, lobster, fish, chicken, beans, carrots, onions, squash, dried fruit and eggs.
  • The pilgrims wouldn’t have used forks at the first Thanksgiving, they would’ve eaten with spoons and their fingers.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale was an American magazine editor that persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday in the United States. (She is also the author of the ever so famous nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb).
  • In the United States, almost 300 million turkeys are sold each year at Thanksgiving time.  It is no wonder then, that the average American eats around 15 lbs of turkey during the holiday.
  • Around 40 million green bean casseroles are served in the United States on Thanksgiving.
  • Only male turkeys gobble, the females make a clicking noise.
  • On record, the heaviest turkey raised was documented to be 86 lbs.
  • The average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day!!!!

As an ending note, in the words of the infamous Johnny Carson, “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday.  People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year.  And then discover once a year is way too often.”

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~ by pinkhoneybee on November 24, 2010.

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