Get into the spirit with these Thanksgiving fun facts.
Thanksgiving is the time for reflection and giving thanks. It allows us to reflect inwards and give thanks for our friends, family, food, and health (not to mention our shortened work week). While you fill your bellies this holiday season, check out these Thanksgiving fun facts that are sure to entertain your family around the table!
Thank you berry much. A lot of cranberries are needed to accompany all that food on Thanksgiving. In all, 768 million lbs. of cranberries were produced in the United States in one year. Wisconsin and Massachusetts were responsible for the most production, producing 450 million and 210 million lbs. of cranberries, respectively.
It was more than just one day. If you can’t make it through the daylong celebration of food, football, and family, be thankful that you weren’t around for the first Thanksgiving. That celebration took place in the autumn of 1621 in Plymouth Colony between European settlers and the Wampanoag Indians and it lasted three days!
It’s a holiday. Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving proclamation officially setting aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
It’s the season! In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored the Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving. He did so to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy during the Great Depression.
It was celebrated far and wide. Europeans and Americans once celebrated Thanksgiving holidays throughout the year. Around the time the Pilgrims came to American in 1620. It was common in England and many parts of Europe to frequently set aside days for giving thanks to God.
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