Every year, on the 4th Thursday of November, families come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Each household has a different tradition, but there is always a Turkey on the dinner table.
Thanksgiving Fun Facts
We have been celebrating Thanksgiving for years and yet some of us don’t know so many thanksgiving fun facts. This year, don’t just spend the holiday immersed in family feast and watching Thanksgiving movies. Share these trivia and other facts with your friends and family. These would make for a lively dinner conversation.
Interesting Thanksgiving Fun Facts
- The First Thanksgiving in Plymouth attended by 90 Native Americans in 1621
- President George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1789
- President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed last Thursday of November the Thanksgiving Day in 1863
- Thanksgiving Day was declared a federal legal holiday in 1941.
- 290 million Americans are expected to have Turkey for Thanksgiving
- Expected Turkey Consumption in 2019 is 46 million
- 88% of Whole Turkeys Sold
- Thanksgiving Turkey Spending is about $968.8 million
American’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes
- Roasted Turkey: 77% of tables
- Mashed Potatoes: 65% of tables
- Gravy: 59% of tables
- Rolls: 56% of tables
- Out of bird stuffing: 55% of tables
- Ham: 34% of tables
The Least Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes
- Canned Cranberry Sauce
- Green Bean Casserole
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Pumpkin Pie
We Don’t Know If Turkey Was Served At the First Thanksgiving
It’s unclear if a turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. The Native Americans and colonists did enjoy eating turkey though. Typical thanksgiving dinner items like sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc. were not present at the first table either. The hunters brought ducks, swan, geese, lobster, muscles, and grapes for the first dinner.
Where Are Most Turkeys Produced?
Minnesota produces the most turkeys in the United States.
Thanksgiving Sports Entertainment
Football games on Thanksgiving started in 1934. Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears played in the first NFL game. It was broadcast on cable TV nationally. The idea of broadcasting the game on Thanksgiving Day was presented by George A Richards, the owner of Detroit Lion Team for increased viewership. Ever since then, the Lions have been hosting a Thanksgiving game each year.
What Size Turkey Size to Get?
- Assume 2 pounds for each adult and 1 pound for each kid.
- If you are hosting a big crowd, get 2 small birds.
- Don’t buy an 18 to 20-pound turkey.
Tips for Buying Thanksgiving Turkey
Since Thanksgiving is about turkey, everyone wants to get their hands on the largest one. But wait, a large turkey can be difficult to handle. These tips will help you make the right purchase:
- If a fresh turkey is not available, a frozen one is fine too.
- Turkey prices could be soaring. Shop around for the best deal based on your taste.
- Get a well-rounded turkey… It’s juicier.
- When in doubt, buy early.
Let’s hope this Thanksgiving is more special than the ones in the past. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Quotes to Make You Feel Thankful
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part; The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart.
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
But see, in our open clearings, how golden the melons lie; Enrich them with sweets and spices, and give us the pumpkin-pie!
Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
It has been an unchallengeable American doctrine that cranberry sauce, a pink goo with overtones of sugared tomatoes, is a delectable necessity of the Thanksgiving board and that turkey is uneatable without it.
Best Thanksgiving Wishes and Greetings
Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.
What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s purely about getting together with friends or family and enjoying food. It’s really for everybody, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter what befalls us in life, we can take the charred remnants and we can reconstruct a life unimaginably richer than that from which the shards and pieces fell.
Real ballplayers pass the stuffing by rolling it up in a ball and batting it across the table with a turkey leg.
Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.
On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been.
Thanksgiving Messages For Everyone
My fondest memories are generally the day after Thanksgiving. I get the total decorating Christmas itch.
It’s like being at the kids’ table at Thanksgiving – you can put your elbows on it, you don’t have to talk politics… no matter how old I get, there’s always a part of me that’s sitting there.
Thanksgiving, our eminent moral holiday, doesn’t have much for children. At its heart are conversation, food, drink, and fellowship – all perks of adulthood.
Thanksgiving is America’s favorite holiday because it’s a time when we put aside our cares, much as the struggling Pilgrims did nearly four centuries ago, and eat a gut-busting meal without worrying about the ‘out years.
Stand up, on this Thanksgiving Day, stand upon your feet. Believe in man. Soberly and with clear eyes, believe in your own time and place. There is not, and there never has been a better time, or a better place to live in.
I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it.
Thanksgiving is so called because we are all so thankful that it only comes once a year.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.
I love Thanksgiving because it is a holiday centered around food and family, two things that are of utmost importance to me.
It took me three weeks to stuff the turkey. I stuffed it through the beak.