Did you know one lucky turkey is pardoned each year? Here are 10 more things you may not have known…
1. Three’s quite the crowd. The first Thanksgiving hosted 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted, not just one, but three full days!
2. Thanks heavens for Honest Abe. Thanksgiving didn’t become the holiday we know it as today until more than 200 years later, in 1863 by President Lincoln. However, it wasn’t actually until 1941 that Congress officially declared it a national holiday.
3. “Where art thou fork?” Forks weren’t used at the first Thanksgiving, only spoons and knives.
4. How can you eat turkey without a fork? Well, turkey wasn’t eaten — venison, duck, and lobster were a few of the items on the menu instead.
5. Back and forth and back again. During the Depression, FDR moved Thanksgiving to the third Thursday in hopes of encouraging more holiday shopping. It didn’t catch on, and so reverted to the fourth week.
6. Whatever floats your parade. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade included only Central Park Zoo animals in 1924. Sorry, Snoopy!
7. Planes, trains, and automobiles. In 2010, an estimated 42 million Americans traveled at least 50 miles over the holiday weekend to gather with loved ones.
8. One tradition breeds another. TV dinners got their start back in 1953 thanks to a large influx of turkey leftovers. Unsure of what to do with them, Swanson packaged and sold them as pre-made entrees.
9. Truth be told… While tryptophan has long been blamed for post-Thanksgiving sleepiness, it’s all but a myth! Scientists claim it’s likely the large amounts of carbs and wine consumed that’s causing the need to nap.
10. Say what? The popular assumption that all turkeys gobble is actually false. Only male turkeys gobble, females cackle.
Pro tip: This fun fact feature serves as a great Thanksgiving Day game after all the pumpkin pie is long gone.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving! XO
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