Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

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How much do you actually know about the history and facts of Thanksgiving? Brush up on your knowledge and learn some fun facts from this week’s blog post for The Element Apartment Homes. You might even be surprised by some of these facts! Later you can hold a trivia contest in your Mount Prospect, IL apartment before the meal of the year.

— Thanksgiving isn’t just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, too, except they do it on the second Monday in October.
— It is because of Thanksgiving that we have TV dinners. In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the amount of frozen turkeys they would sell (by 26 tons). As a result, the company sliced up the frozen meat, added some sides, and made the first TV dinner.
— Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday in 1864 during the American Civil War, and it has been celebrated ever since.
— Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey, not the eagle, to be the national bird — which would have made The United States the only country that kills and eats their national bird at least one day every year.
— Wild turkeys can run up to 20 miles per hour when frightened.
— The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighed a whopping 86 pounds!
— There were no forks at the first American Thanksgiving feast in 1621, only spoons and knives. Forks weren’t introduced to the Pilgrims until ten years later, and they didn’t become a popularly used utensil until the 18th century.
— The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade happened in 1924 and was much different than the celebration today. There were no large inflatable balloons, as the parade featured only live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

Did you learn a thing or two about Thanksgiving that you didn’t already know? Leave us a comment and let us know what you learned or what your favorite things are about this holiday. Also, if you have any other fun Thanksgiving facts, leave them in the comments so we can all enjoy them! Thanks for reading our post. We hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving and a great holiday season in Mount Prospect, IL or wherever you may be!