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18 Things You Never Knew About Thanksgiving

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

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Do you look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving each November? It's such a pleasure to see a table full of delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other traditional favorites. More importantly, Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate our freedoms and enjoy time with loved ones. I think of Thanksgiving as a day to relax and remember all of our blessings. You may think you know everything there is to know about Thanksgiving, but do you? Here are some facts about Thanksgiving that may surprise you.

18 Things You Never Knew About Thanksgiving

  1. Sixteen pounds is the average weight of a turkey purchased in the United States for Thanksgiving dinner.
  2. Do you like green bean casserole? You're not alone: More than 40 million green bean casseroles are put on dinner tables every Thanksgiving.
  3. Fifty percent of Americans like to cook Thanksgiving stuffing on the side, while the other 50 percent like to put it in the turkey.
  4. The cranberries we eat today were originally known as crane berries. The pink blossoms and drooping head of this plant reminded pilgrims of a crane.
  5. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ate foil packets of roasted turkey in space after walking on the moon.
  6. The very first Thanksgiving celebration took place over three days. Hey, I think we should bring this tradition back. Are you with me?
  7. Thanksgiving turkeys led to the birth of TV dinners. In 1953, the Swanson company had an abundance of turkey left over from the holiday, so they decided to sell it in aluminum foil trays alongside a helping of sweet potatoes and other delicious sides.
  8. A turkey is taken to the White House every year to receive an official pardon from the president. That lucky turkey doesn't end up on the dinner table.
  9. The first Thanksgiving didn't include turkey: The pilgrims ate deer, fish and geese.
  10. President Abraham Lincoln set the official holiday of Thanksgiving on the fourth week of November.
  11. If you live in California, you live in the state where the most Thanksgiving turkeys are eaten.
  12. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest turkey on record weighed in at 86 pounds.
  13. After the first Thanksgiving, it took 200 years for this celebration to become a national holiday.
  14. Find the wishbone of your Thanksgiving turkey, dry it, and get a friend to pull the other side of it. It's said that the person who ends up with the largest piece of the bone will have good luck.
  15. The largest number of turkeys are produced in Minnesota.
  16. In America, 91 percent of households eat turkey for Thanksgiving. That's a lot of delicious leftovers!
  17. More than 42 million Americans travel 50 miles or more to visit relatives on Thanksgiving.
  18. You probably could guess that mashed potatoes and stuffing are the two most popular side dishes on Thanksgiving. The third is macaroni and cheese. Mac and cheese is especially popular in the southern states.

Regardless of what foods you like on your Thanksgiving Day table, I hope you and your family have a fun holiday. Thanks for reading. - Alan

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