Monday, November 19, 2018

#Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada. Canada was the first to start celebrating in 1578. The  US started in 1621. 

Thanksgiving started as a religious celebration of praise and thankfulness

Thanksgiving was made a national holiday in 1863 by President Lincoln

Pilgrims and the Wampanaug Indians most likely had venison, lobster, and oysters for the first Thanksgiving, not turkey.

The tradition of watching football started in 1920

The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was in 1924 and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo.

Approximately 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving day- double the number eaten for Christmas.

Only male turkeys gobble. The average turkey weighs 15 pounds.

The wishbone tradition was brought to England by the Romans in 322 BC

The first turkey was pardoned by President Harry Truman in 1947, but it didn't become a tradition until President George WH Bush pardoned  a bird in 1989.

And if you have any tough turkey questions, you can call the Butterball Hotline.

From the Butterball Hotline:

Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) or text 844-877-3456.

2018 Turkey Talk-Line Hours (Central Standard Time):
November 1st - 16th: 8 am - 8 pm (Monday - Friday)
November 17th - 18th: 8 am - 6 pm
November 19th - 20th: 7 am - 9 pm
November 21st: 7am - 10pm
November 22nd (Thanksgiving Day): 6 am - 6 pm
November 23rd - December 21st: 8 am - 6 pm (Monday - Friday)
December 22nd - 23rd: 8 am - 2 pm
December 24th (Christmas Eve): 8 am - 2 pm


  1. Hi Elizabeth - great to read all these prompts ... one thing to add - the Canadian Thanksgiving is earlier- 2nd Monday in October ... no wonder we in England without Thanksgiving struggle to remember which and where!! I hadn't realised the wishbone thing came via the wonderful Romans - just enjoy your holiday ... it's good for 'foreign' bloggers - as we tend to get a bit of a break!! Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving - Hilary

    1. I did forget to add that tidbit. Ours is a bit later...I believe chosen to capitalize on holiday shopping. We do like to make our holidays count as much as we can!

      I will enjoy the holiday.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, sweet lady! I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful day together.

    Hmmm, I think I'd rather have the venison, lobster and oysters... Oh well. Turkey it is. With four extra drumsticks on the side. :)

    1. Same to you, sweeter lady!

      I'd eat the venison, but pass on the lobster and oysters. I have maintained a poor folk palate. LOL

  3. I could have used the Butterball hotline during my first turkey endeavors. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Me too! I didn't even have internet back when I first cooked one, but I did have my mother to bug.

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