A Shared holiday smile from SIEGEL SAYS and HOTEL-ONLINE
|And now for you-know-what…
Some Thanksgiving fun facts:
- The Pilgrims’ first-ever Thanksgiving took place over three days in Plymouth, Mass.
- Gov. William Bradford planned the first Thanksgiving dinner.
- The Pilgrims ate items like lobster, hickory nuts, cabbage, goat cheese and squash at the first Thanksgiving.
- Pilgrims probably didn’t wear all black with big buckles. That stereotype was created by illustrators in the 19th century.
- A writer named Sarah Josepha Hale is responsible for Thanksgiving’s national holiday status. She asked President Abraham Lincoln to declare it an American holiday in October 1863.
- Congress designated Thanksgiving as an official holiday in 1941.
- For the past 67 years, the president has pardoned a live turkey every Thanksgiving. The pardoned turkeys get to live on a farm until they die of old age.
- Benjamin Franklin campaigned for the turkey, not the bald eagle, to be the national bird.
- Nearly 90 percent of Americans eat turkey every Thanksgiving.
- About 46 million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving.
- Turkey doesn’t make you tired. It contains no more tryptophan than cheese or chicken.
- Most of the turkeys come from Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia and Indiana.
- Turkeys can’t see well at night, and if they’re raised commercially, they can’t fly.
- Most Thanksgiving turkeys weigh about 15 pounds. They’re usually 70 percent to 30 percent white meat/dark meat.
- Every year, the average person in the United States eats about 17 pounds of turkey.
- The oldest Thanksgiving day parade was organized by Gimbels department store in 1920. The Macy’s parade didn’t start until four years later.
- The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has the most liquor sales of the whole year.
Happy US Thanksgiving from Hospitality Educators!
Kathleen Hogan and John Hogan