Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Fun Facts
Here are a few fun facts about Thanksgiving that you can share with your family and friends while enjoying your turkey, stuffing and pie:
- This is the 152nd anniversary of Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving happened in 1621. But Thanksgiving wasn’t “officially” made an American holiday until President Lincoln made it one in 1863.
- Thanksgiving is on Thursday because . . . that day seemed like it was the most wide open. There’s no real significance to Thursday, people just didn’t have much going on.
- The woman who pushed to make Thanksgiving a national holiday is the same woman who wrote the song “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Her name was Sarah Hale from New Hampshire.
- 2% of families have everyone dress “formally” for dinner.
- 15% of Americans do NOT plan on celebrating Thanksgiving. (But do they still watch football?)
- 1% of people will eat a “Turducken”, and 1% will eat a turkey made of tofu.
- 5% of people start eating Thanksgiving dinner at NOON or earlier. Only 6% eat after 6:00 P.M. That means the majority of Americans enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner between noon and 6pm. (Most fall asleep about an hour later after the tryptophan kicks in).