Wednesday, November 25, 2015

~ Fun Facts about Thanksgiving ~

Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving

  • The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.

  • The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.

  • They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.

  • They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  • The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.

  • The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.

  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

  • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.

  • Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

  • The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

  • Thanksgiving Facts throughout History

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.

  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

  • Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

  • The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

  • In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.

  • Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

  • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

  • Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.

  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.

  • 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.

  • Fun Turkey Facts

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.

  • Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.

  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.

  • Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.

  • Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.

  • Turkeys have poor night vision.

  • It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.

  • A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.


    1. Great list:) Thank you for the History lesson about this wonderful Holiday! I pray your Thanksgiving will be perfect! HUGS!

    2. This is a great post, Pat! How are you doing health-wise? The last time we chatted, you were awaiting test results. You've been in my prayers daily.

      Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


    3. Love this Pat. Such fun things to know. Have a great Thanksgiving. Hope you have good news on your health issues.

    4. Pat, I loved the fun facts. I would love to travel back to that day of the 1st thanksgiving day feast. But then I would not want to have to clean wild beast or pluck all the feathers from a turkey. LOL. Blessings to you dear friend for a fabulous thanksgiving day. xoxo,Susie

    5. Thanks for all the fun facts, Pat! I'm so thankful that our menu has changed from that first Thanksgiving.
      Enjoy your Thanksgiving tomorrow, my friend!

    6. Wonderful facts about Thanksgiving. Sometimes we lost in the true meaning. Those pilgrims had it rough! Happy Thanksgiving. xo

    7. Really fun facts about Thanksgiving Pat. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.

    8. How lovely of you to round up all those Thanksgiving facts, you must have done some digging. I can still remember Thanksgiving as a kid, always enjoyed them so much with family around, we lived in Cleveland then so all my Mother's family was there, was always a wonderful day with every body.
      Wish I could say our grandson will have a good holiday, he had chemo again today so most likely won't feel much like eating anything. My youngest son and family live in Grand Junction but have been in Denver all summer and Fall while grandson has tests, treatments, chemo, so hard for him. He's 22 and this is 2nd time for him to have cancer only this time is worse. He was cancer free from 18 to almost 22. He has blood cancer in lungs, liver mostly, so many tumors in his lungs and liver. His doctors only give him 50/50 chance. He has stem cell transplant months ago but is still not doing as well as they hoped. When not at hospital they live in an apartment in Denver. Spoke to son for first time in weeks today. He has to time his calls when his wife isn't around, she has banned all of us from her family and deletes any messages I send grandson. It's very hard and gets me crying but try to stay positive for him and his Dad. He has a sister but she wants nothing to do with us. She was our first grandchild. We haven't seen grandson in over 3 yrs. and we live just few miles away.
      Sorry didn't mean to let that out. I know you can understand how we feel since you lost your grand daughter. I remember the post about it and I am so sorry to see a beautiful young woman cut short in her life, so hard and heart wrenching for you and family. I have problem understanding why it's just up to dil and not also his Father (my son) who gets to talk to grandson.
      Despite my doom and gloom certainly wish you and yours a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving. Life does go on tho doesn't it?

      1. Hello again,
        I so appreciate your stopping by! Your grandson remains in my prayers. Of course, you and your family are too. I pray for his strength and healing as well as healing for your family. I so understand! It's so difficult to go through situations like this, especially when the family is fractured. We just don't have a clue as to God's plan...we just have to stand in faith, knowing He has the Master Plan and we don't.

        Take good care and please keep me updated!

    9. I wouldn't mind the lobster if it was still on the menu....have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    10. Pat,
      Very interesting fun facts. I love knowing where customs come from and how traditions start.

    11. Pat, I just wanted to tell you that I shared these Thanksgiving facts with my kids, and they thought they were so interesting. Thanks for passing them onto us. : )



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