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Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

How much do you actually know about the history and facts of Thanksgiving? The Luxe at Creekside Blog is inviting you to brush up on your knowledge about the holiday and learn some fun facts about it. You might even discover some facts you never knew about! Later you can hold a trivia contest in your New Braunfels, TX apartment to share the knowledge with your friends and family.


Fun Facts


-Thanksgiving isn’t just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving too, except they do it on the second Monday in October.


-TV dinners were invented because of Thanksgiving. In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the amount of frozen turkeys they would sell (by 26 tons). As a result, the company sliced up the frozen meat, added some sides, and thus the first TV dinner was born.


-Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until 1864, when U.S. President Abraham Lincoln declared it during the American Civil War.


-If it was left up to Benjamin Franklin, the turkey would be the national bird, not the eagle. Which would have made The United States the only country who kills and eats their national bird at least one day every year. Glad that conundrum was avoided.


-Did you know? Wild turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour when frightened.


-The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighed a whopping 86 pounds! That’s a whole lot of turkey.


-There were no forks at the first American Thanksgiving feast in 1621, only spoons and knives. Forks weren’t introduced to the Pilgrims until ten years later, and didn’t become a popularly used utensil until the 18th century!


-The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade happened in 1924. There were no large inflatable balloons like today, instead the parade featured only live animals from the Central Park Zoo!


Did you learn something about Thanksgiving that you didn’t already know? Leave us a comment and let us know what you learned. Also, if you have any other fun Thanksgiving facts, leave them in the comments as well so we can all enjoy them! Thanks for reading our post and we hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving and a great holiday season in Miami, FL or wherever you may be!