Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to gather around and enjoy each other’s company. Many Americans will gather together with family and friends for an afternoon of food and football. Some will start the Christmas shopping off while others will root against the Dallas Cowboys (I kid!) No matter what you are doing for Thanksgiving, we know that there are facts that you are just dying to know about the holiday!
- The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the form of a three day harvest festival and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians.
- Sadly, turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving feast. The menu included venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish in addition to pumpkins and cranberries.
- Thanksgiving wasn’t considered a holiday until October 3, 1863. It was Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman behind ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’, that convinced Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. This was after she spent 17 years trying to convince presidents that it should be a holiday!
- Watch those calories – the average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.
- The tradition of football began in 1876 with a game between Yale and Princeton. It wasn’t until 1920 that NFL games were played on Thanksgiving.
- The first Macy’s Parade used live animals from the Central Park Zoo. Another fun Macy’s Parade fact: Snoopy has appeared in the parade more than any other character balloon.
We truly hope that you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!