You probably think you already know everything there is to know about Thanksgiving.. But there’s a whole lot more about this holiday than you might think.
If you’re in the United States, Thanksgiving is a holiday where families meet together, eat yummy food, and reflect upon the things that they are most thankful for. It’s a time for thanks, and a time to enjoy one another. And, of course, a time to eat more food and enjoy.
But apart from our own personal family traditions, how much do we really know about Thanksgiving? You might think you already know everything but still there is lot to know about Thanksgiving. Read through these facts.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
- Sarah Josepha Hale was actually the “Mother of Thanksgiving.”
- Each year, there are about 46 million turkeys cooked.
- “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song.
- More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. That’s up 4.8% from last year.
- The’ wishbone’ of Turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.
- The night before Thanksgiving is the best day for bar sales .. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as “Drinksgiving.”
- The date of the first Thanksgiving is not precisely known though it occurred between September 21 and November 9, 1621.
- The first Thanksgiving is observed in Plymouth. The Plymouth Pilgrims dined with the Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.
- The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
- It was not until 1941, that congress declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was declared to be the fourth Thursday in November.
- Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
- Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. This tradition has held forth since at least the 1930s.
- The different nicknames for Thanksgiving Day:
“Macy’s Day “Yanksgiving”
(Canadians sometimes call the Thanksgiving in the US as “Yanksgiving” to distinguish it from the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday)
- Turkey is the traditional dish for the Thanksgiving feast.
- 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
- In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
- Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States, each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 – 18 pounds of turkey.
- Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey. There are regional differences as to the “stuffing” (or “dressing”) traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make it from cornbread, while in other parts of the country white bread is the base. One or several of the following may be added: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets Turducken, a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, is becoming more popular in Thanksgiving. A turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture.
- There are three places in the United States named after the holiday’s traditional main course – Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, La.; and Turkey, N.C. There are also nine townships around the country named “Turkey,” with three in Kansas.
Funny Turkey Facts
- The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
- A turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
- Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
- Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
- Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
- Turkeys have poor night vision.
- A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster
- Turkeys were one of the first animals in the Americas to be domesticated.
- Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
Cool Facts About Thanksgiving
1. No turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving: Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving!
2. Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America. Other six states are- Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indiana.
3. Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
4. 50% of Americans out stuffing inside the Turkey.
5. About 20%of all cranberries that are consumed in the US per year are eaten on Thanksgiving.
6. Corn is another popular symbols of thanksgiving. It came in many varieties and colors – red, white, yellow and blue.
7. Thanksgiving Dinner Hasn’t Changed Much SINCE 1621. Meal consisted of turkey, venison, waterfowl, lobster, fish, clams, pumpkin, squash, berries, and fruit.
8. Watching football is an integral part of most Thanksgiving celebrations.
9. Macy’s Has Put On a Parade Every Thanksgiving Since 1924.
10. Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. It took her 17 years of writing letters for campaigning for this to happen.
11. The first Thanksgiving was not eaten with forks but with spoons and knives.
12. Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.
13. Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
14. Only male turkeys gobble Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble.
15. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.