Fun Thanksgiving Facts!

By USA Real Estate
Thanksgiving TurkeyThanksgiving is more than over eating and football!  Thanksgiving is a commemoration of the 1621 three-day feast to celebrate Plymouth Colony’s autumn harvest and the gratitude of the 50 colonists who survived the harsh winter that took so many lives.   It wasn’t until 1863, more than 200 years later, that President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.

Historians say that turkey was not served at the first Thanksgiving! What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn't eat mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, but they probably ate cranberries. 

Did you know? 
- Currently, the average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds, which means some 690 million pounds of turkey are consumed in the U.S. during Thanksgiving. 

-  The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighs 86 pounds. 

-  Leftovers are the reasons we have TV dinners - In 1953, Swanson had 260 tons of extra turkey.  A salesman told them they should package it onto aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes.  The idea took off, and the first TV dinner was born!

- Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947. 
For many, Thanksgiving Day and Football go hand in hand.  The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Thanksgiving Day.

The USA Real Estate Team is thankful for America, our veterans, and the privilege to serve the Prescott area with their real estate needs.  If you have questions about the real estate market, need to sell your home, or looking for a new home – the USA Real Estate team is there to help.  Give them a call at (928) 775-0400.

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