Every year, on the 4th Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is celebrated in our wonderful country. Each year, many families get together and celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing wonderful meals, playing games, watching football, and many other forms of entertainment. For me and my family it is a time to reflect on past memories and dream about new memories. Through the years I have always wondered how many turkeys have been eaten and what other families serve in addition to turkey. Also, Black Friday and Thanksgiving shopping have become a newer tradition in some families.
How did Thanksgiving get its origins? The Pilgrims celebrated a bountiful harvest in 1621 by feasting for three days! How many turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving? Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. You can find many other great and fun statistics in the infographic listed above. Here is one that is no surprise: Pumpkin Pie dominates the desert line, 57% of all pies served are pumpkin. Do you find that interesting? I enjoy pumpkin pie, but I do not eat it any other time of the year, so why does it dominate Thanksgiving?
Here is an article from CNN that shares plenty of other statistics and oddities about Thanksgiving. 79%of people enjoy eating the leftovers more than the original meal! I am not in that majority at all. Here is an interesting statistic, 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving. 237.5 million turkeys are raised each year, so 20% of the turkeys are consumed in one day. I can not imagine another number being so high. Have you ever wondered how many calories you consume on Thanksgiving? A whopping 4,500 is the average! Sounds like the belt will be a little tight for the rest of the weekend!
What do families do for entertainment? I would imagine many play games, many have great discussions, and many watch football all day long. The NFL now has three games on Thanksgiving and they start at 12:30pm and do not end until 11:30pm. I would imagine even if you are not watching the games you have the game on in the background. Another form of entertainment is the “art of napping”. How many people take a nap on Thanksgiving? There is a real reason for it, turkey has a chemical that makes people sleepy.
Another new tradition for families would be shopping. Black Friday has been popular, and now it has spilled into Thanksgiving evening. I do not really like that for a few reasons. It is taking people out of the home on Thanksgiving, but it is not really my business what other people do. However, that also means that many workers are no longer home with their family because of some urge to shop. When did the 3 day weekend become not enough to support the shopping needs of people? Shop online and stay home with your family!
No matter what your traditions are, Thanksgiving is a time for many people to get together and be thankful. I know it sounds cliche to talk about, but we really do have many things to be thankful for. I sincerely hope everyone enjoys their day and weekend. Just eat plenty of food and take plenty of naps!