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Monday, 16 November 2020

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

 Glad Thanksgiving! 

As our walking groups plan to riot of Chicago as a component of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, we chose to uncover a couple of fun facts about Thanksgiving! Do you realize what was served at the primary Thanksgiving? What about what number of calories are devoured on normal on Thanksgiving Day? 

Happy Thanksgiving

Here are fun facts about Thanksgiving to share around the supper table.

  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
  • Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).
  • Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.
  • The history of U.S. presidents pardoning turkeys is patchy. Harry Truman is often credited with being the first president to pardon a turkey, but that’s not quite true. He was the first to receive a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Federation – and he had it for dinner. John F. Kennedy was the first to let a Thanksgiving turkey go, followed by Richard Nixon who sent his turkey to a petting zoo. George H.W. Bush is the president who formalized the turkey pardoning tradition in 1989.
  • There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.” They can be found in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.
  • The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.
  • Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions via their Butterball Turkey Hotline each November and December.
  • The tradition of football on Thanksgiving began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.
  • More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. That’s up 4.8% from last year.
  • Americans prepare 46 million turkeys for Thanksgiving each year.But not everyone eats turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • America’s first turkey trot took place more than a century ago.
  • The turkeys pardoned by the president go on to live fulfilling lives.
  • The Butterball Turkey Talk Line answers almost 100,000 calls each season.
  • Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving — but on a different day.
  • Americans east an estimated 50 million pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving.

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