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Fun Facts About Turkey Day

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   9 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

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Happy day-before-turkey-day, Buttercup! I’m up to my eyeballs in Thanksgiving Day feast prep, so I hope you’ll forgive me for this repeat blog post from 2012. The sentiment today is the same as it was then:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Before you stuff yourself alongside your dinner, here are some fun facts about Turkey Day, taken from the very cool website RandomHistory.com:

  • In 2009, roughly 38.4 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles to be with family for Thanksgiving. More than four million flew home. (I bet they were exhausted when they arrived!)
  • Thanksgiving Day is actually the busiest travel day, even more so than the day before Thanksgiving, as most people believe. (And now that this is public knowledge, I recommend traveling the day prior to the day before Thanksgiving.)
  • Americans eat roughly 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving. (And that doesn’t take into account the leftovers!)
  • Not all states were eager to adopt Thanksgiving because some thought the national government was exercising too much power in declaring a national holiday. Additionally, southern states were hesitant to observe what was largely a New England practice. (Not to be outdone, my Southern brethren concocted the slightly lesser known annual Buzzard Day Festival . . . really!)
  • Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), who tirelessly worked to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday, also was the first person to advocate women as teachers in public schools, the first to advocate day nurseries to assist working mothers, and the first to propose public playgrounds. She was also the author of two dozen books and hundreds of poems, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb. (Anyone else feeling like a lazy slug? Anyone at all?)
  • Thanksgiving football games began with Yale versus Princeton in 1876. (Those overachieving New Englanders again!)

 

I pilfered all the info above, minus my comments in parentheses, from the RandomHistory.com site. Please click HERE to visit the page of 36 little known Thanksgiving facts and view the source list and links from whence all of these trivial goodies were derived.

There will be no Observations from the Tub this week, but I’ll see you next Monday for Pawsitive Pondering! Eat well, my friends!

Wishing all of you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

See you next time –

Lisa

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9 Responses to "Fun Facts About Turkey Day"

  1. Comment by Karen Lange
    November 25, 2015 at 8:53 am  

    Yes, feeling a bit like a lazy slug compared to Ms. Hale. But the day is not over and there’s a long to-do list to tackle, so maybe I can at least put in a good showing. Thanks for the fun facts! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    November 25, 2015 at 9:25 am  

    Happy Thanksgiving back at’cha, Lisa! And yes, Ms. Hale makes me feel a little inadequate. But I’m used to that feeling. 🙂

  3. Comment by Rob
    November 25, 2015 at 10:30 am  

    Happy Thanksgiving, Lisa.

  4. Comment by Pat
    November 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm  

    Thanks for the fun facts, Lisa. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Comment by Claudia
    November 25, 2015 at 5:11 pm  

    Great stuff here.I did not know about the difference between the North and South on the subject of Thanksgiving! Wow. Hope you and yours have a terrific Thanksgiving holiday.

  6. Comment by Tammy
    November 26, 2015 at 10:01 am  

    Ha ha! You summed up my sentiments exactly with your comments about Sarah Josepha Hale. I bet she wouldn’t be hanging out at the computer wearing her polar fleece jambes at 9 AM, but I am still enjoying this morning, not to mention your post. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  7. Comment by Tammy
    November 26, 2015 at 10:03 am  

    Make that “jammies.” Darn that spell check.

  8. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    December 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm  

    I’m still catching up on your blog posts… Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

    Before we moved to Florida hubby and I drove here several times on Thanksgiving day. The only hard part about that was finding places to eat; even McDonald’s was closed. We also drove home from Florida – just once – on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Never again – once was enough – the traffic was horrendous and the drivers all seemed to be nuts; except us of course. LOL

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      December 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm  

      Thanksgiving was nice, thanks. Hope yours was the same. 🙂

      We’ve traveled for the holiday, but never on the holiday. We gave driven home from Florida on the Sunday after, and I agree with your assessment of nutty drivers. I hope we don’t qualify! 😉


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