Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food! When Thanksgiving approaches, many people spend days prepping turkeys, sides, and dressing up the Thanksgiving table.
A typical American Thanksgiving meal involves turkey with sides such as potatoes, cranberry, stuffing, green beans, and more! And we can't forget about the delicious desserts of cakes and pies.
While it is important to enjoy great food, with even better company, it is also fun to learn some history and facts behind the holiday.
Keep reading to expand your Thanksgiving knowledge and maybe teach someone something new at your table this year.
1. What was on the menu the first Thanksgiving? No one can say for sure if turkey was in fact served like it is today in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Although it is a possibility, it was not a common food during that time.
It is likely that venison, geese, duck, corn, nuts, and shellfish were all served at the first Thanksgiving. For side dishes, it is likely that vegetables such as onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots, and peas appeared on the table.
2. Busiest Travel Day of the Year! Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. Last year, TSA set a new record for travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday. Officials announced they screened more than 26 million passengers over the holiday! This number doesn't even include the people who traveled by car.
3. How much turkey is consumed? According to the National Turkey Federation, over 95% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and around 230 million turkeysare sold during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
4. Football! In 1869, the first Thanksgiving Day football game was played. It was played a few years after President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1869.
The first professional football game was played on Thanksgiving in the year of 1920. But no games were played between the years of 1941-1944, because of World War II. The Detroit Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving Day since nearly 1934.
We hope you enjoyed these fun facts, and wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
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