15 Facts About Thanksgiving You Didn't Know
Thanksgiving is a day that Americans celebrate when Native Americans and the pilgrims sat down to share a meal in hopes that they could work together to survive very long cold winter, because the pilgrims were not adequately prepared to live in the New World. Test your knowledge to see how much you know about Thanksgiving and its traditions.
1. For the first Thanksgiving, the meal the Native American shared with the Pilgrims did not last for one day, but instead three full days.
2. For the first Thanksgiving, the Native Americans brought five deer, so venison was definitely on the menu.
3. Our traditional American Thanksgiving menu was not on the first Thanksgiving table. The Native Americans and pilgrims did not have potatoes, pumpkins, and they did not have turkey on the menu.
4. The first official thanksgiving was not celebrated until 200 years later after the first Thanksgiving. It was because of George Washington in 1789 that we celebrate Thanksgiving today.
5. It was because of Mary Hale, the author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" that Thanksgiving became a nation wide holiday. She was the individual who wrote a recipe book with the most common entrées on the thanksgiving menu such as pumpkin pie, turkey, casseroles, etc.
6. George Bush Senior was the first president to pardon turkey on Thanksgiving.
7. The date we celebrate Thanksgiving has changed three times, we now celebrate it on the fourth Thursday of November.
8. American spend $3.6 billion on buying turkeys for this Thanksgiving.
9. The average American gains 1 pound on Thanksgiving.
10. Abraham Lincoln was the President to make Thanksgiving a federal holiday, and he did this so there could be a temporary truce on Thanksgiving instead of waiting four more weeks for Christmas.
11. The first Macy's Day Parade started in 1924.
12. While the Native Americans brought deer to the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims brought the beer. A tradition was born.
13. The first Thanksgiving football game was a stage production in order to try to get as many people want to go see Denver play because no one was going to the games otherwise.
14. Jingle bells was actually written for Thanksgiving not Christmas.
15. President James Madison actually petitioned Congress for there to be two Thanksgivings each year not just one.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!