Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 22. Did you know that Turkey wasn't eaten on the day or that forks were not a part of the first feast? Keep reading for more cool turkey day trivia to share with family and friends on Thanksgiving!
The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days.
Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years!
Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving! What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn't eat mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce either.
No forks at the first Thanksgiving! The first Thanksgiving was eaten with spoons and knives — but no forks! That's right, forks weren't even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later and weren't a popular utensil until the 18th century.
Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners! In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes — and the first TV dinner was born!
Thanksgiving was almost a fast — not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and (lucky for us!) turned their fast into a three-day feast!
Presidential pardon of a turkey: Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching in New York City. No large balloons were at this parade, as it featured only live animals from Central Park Zoo.
How did the tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving start? The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. In 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.
The most popular pie eaten on Thanksgiving is Apple Pie, with Pumpkin Pie coming in at a close second!
Q: Why do pilgrims' pants always fall down? A:Because they wear their belt buckles on their hats!
Q: What is a turkey's favorite dessert? A:Peach gobbler!
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