One of America’s most cherished holidays is almost here– Thanksgiving! There are certain inevitable facts about Thanksgiving that we are all pretty familiar with such as:
- Family from far and wide will come together to celebrate.
- The Thanksgiving Day Parade will likely be on at least one TV in your home.
- There’s a high probability there will be someone at the Thanksgiving table you haven’t seen in a very long time.
- Turkey will be served with an assortment of delicious sides like candied yams, cranberry sauce or green bean casserole.
- After (probably) too much turkey and festivities a nap will definitely occur.
Certain things come to mind quickly when thinking about the Thanksgiving holiday, however we wanted to point out a few lesser known Thanksgiving Day facts. Feel free to entertain your out-of-town relatives with the following Turkey Day knowledge:
- About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving each year. That’s a lot of birds.
- Abraham Lincoln was the president to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.
- It’s not likely that turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving, however lobster and seal were both on the menu.
- Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving but they gather around the table on the second Monday in October. Interesting, eh?
- There are four places in the United States with the name ‘Turkey’: there is a Turkey in Texas and in North Carolina and a Turkey Creek in both Louisiana and Arizona. Seven places in the US are named ‘Cranberry’ and 33 are named ‘Plymouth’.
- During the first Macy’s Day Parade, live animals from the Central Park Zoo walked the streets of New York City.
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We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
(Thanks to Good Housekeeping and CNN and for the fun facts!)