Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, yummy food!
But there's more to this holiday than just turkey and stuffing.
Here are 10 fun facts about Thanksgiving that will make you the life of the party.
- The first Thanksgiving wasn't actually in America. It was in Canada! In 1578, English explorer Martin Frobisher held a celebratory feast in Newfoundland to give thanks for surviving his journey across the Atlantic.
- Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863 as a way to unify the country during the Civil War.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be America's national bird, not the Bald Eagle. Personally, we're happy to have the distinguished Bald Eagle! 🦅
- 45 million turkeys are consumed each year on Thanksgiving. That's almost 7 times the number of turkeys eaten on Christmas!
- Native Americans taught European settlers how to grow corn, beans, and squash - now known as the "Three Sisters." These crops were often planted together because they complimented each other's growth. They grow well in our garden, that's for sure. 🌽🎃
- "Over the river and through the woods" isn't just a lyric from a song. It used to be literal! Families would travel by horse and carriage to visit relatives who lived far away. Nowadays, over 50 million people travel more than 50 miles to get to their Thanksgiving destination.
- McDonald's opened its first restaurant in 1940 but didn't serve turkey until 1968.
- Green bean casserole was invented by the Campbell Soup Company in 1955 and has since become a staple dish on many Thanksgiving tables.
- The Macy's Day Parade started in 1924 and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo! The first balloon wasn't introduced until 1927 and featured Felix the Cat.
- And finally, there are more sauna baths taken on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year! So, if you're looking to work up a sweat before indulging in that second slice of pumpkin pie, consider spending some time in the sauna. Who knew?
Did you know all of these fun facts about Thanksgiving?
It'll be fun to share them with your friends and family at your next holiday gathering!
And if you're looking for something fun to do before or after your big meal, consider taking a trip to the sauna, it's one of America's favorite pastimes on this special day!
Again, who knew?
But if you're like most of us, and there's no time for a sauna on turkey day, you can start your own fun personal fact as we do on Thanksgiving!
Fun fact for us - we wear the most ridiculous Thanksgiving Day socks we can find! And if we're not hosting, we bring them as a Hostess gift too! It's always good for a laugh or two.
Try it, you'll like it!
Happy Gobble, Gobble! 🦃