12 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a US holiday that occurs on the 4th Thursday of November every year. Although most people know the general idea behind Thanksgiving (a feast that the original colonists and some Native Americans celebrated at the end of the harvest season), there is more to Thanksgiving than you think! There are quite a few fascinating facts about Thanksgiving that are little-known to the average American.

 things you didn't know about Thanksgiving

The following is a list of things you didn’t know about Thanksgiving:

 

  1. The first Thanksgiving dinner took place in Plymouth Colony in October (not November), 1621.

  2. 50 English colonists and 90 Wampanoag Indian men attended the meeting. Very few women, if any, were present.

  3. Every year the U.S. President pardons a turkey. Abraham Lincoln started the turkey-pardoning trend.

  4. Staples like green bean casserole would not have appeared on the original Thanksgiving menu. Guests probably would have consumed meats like venison, birds, fish, lobster and clams. They would have also enjoyed nuts, wheat flour, pumpkin, carrots, peas and squashes, too.

  5. Since November can have four or five Thursdays, retailers urged President Franklin D. Roosevelt to make the holiday on the third Thursday to ensure that consumers would have enough time to shop for the holidays. Roosevelt did so and confusion ensued. Critics of Roosevelt claimed that he was giving into the big businesses and deemed the holiday “Franksgiving”

  6. The American south viewed Thanksgiving as a “Yankee” holiday at first and didn’t celebrate it. After the Civil War, the states became united once again and Thanksgiving was recognized everywhere. Good thing, too, because the south contributed classic dishes like pecan pie and sweet potatoes.

  7. Minnesota produces the most turkeys in the US. North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and Indiana are also top producers.

  8. The biggest pumpkin pie ever baked was 2,020 pounds, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It was over 12 feet long and was made up of 900 pounds of pumpkin, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 3.5 pounds of salt, seven pounds of cinnamon, two pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of pie crust.

  9. The first football game that took place on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears with 26,000 spectators watching.

  10. President Jefferson called a federal Thanksgiving proclamation “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived.”

  11. The people of the Virgin Islands, a United States territory in the Caribbean Sea, celebrate two thanksgivings, the national holiday and Hurricane Thanksgiving Day. Every Oct 19, if there have been no hurricanes, Hurricane Day is held and the islanders give thanks that they have been spared.

  12. Illinois, California, New York, and Ohio grow the most U.S. pumpkins.

Things You Didn't Know About Thanksgiving

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