Thanksgiving fun facts

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner. To many, it is the best holiday of them all, and some of that is because of all the great Thanksgiving traditions. But where did they all come from? Here is an interesting list of some random Thanksgiving facts that give you something to talk about during Thanksgiving dinner.

· Approximately 50 million people watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television.

· The average American will consume about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, about 3,000 for the meal and an another 1,500 for snacks.

· The Butterball Turkey hotline answers over 100,000 questions every November and early December.

· On average, it takes about 7 hours to cook a Thanksgiving dinner. People spend about 16 minutes eating it.

· Stuffing dates back to the Roman Empire, where an ancient cookbook contained recipes for stuffed chicken, rabbit and pork.

· Even though President Madison declared that Thanksgiving should be held twice in 1815, neither of the celebrations occurred in the autumn.

· The song "Jingle Bells" was originally written as a Thanksgiving song.

· Pilgrims did not wear buckled hats or dress only in black and white. Buckles did not come into fashion until later in the 17th century.

· Long before the Pilgrims, native Hawaiians celebrated the longest Thanksgiving in the world—Makahiki, which lasted four months, approximately from November through February. During this time, both work and war were forbidden.

· Black Friday is the busiest day for Roto-Rooter. They are called in to clean up “overwhelmed” sewer systems.

· In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Thanksgiving stamp to honor the tradition “of being thankful for the abundance of goods we enjoy in America.”

No matter what you do for Thanksgiving, remember that the object of the whole thing is to be thankful. We do enjoy an abundance of goods in America, and America should always be thankful to God for it. 


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