Thanksgiving is well known as the annual national holiday celebrating the fall harvest and for years we have gathered with family to share amazing meals of hot roasted turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, cranberry sauce and of course mom’s homemade pumpkin pie with whipped cream. YUM! I close my eyes and try to think about it hard enough so I can maybe start to smell the aromas wafting from the kitchen well in advance. Why do we tend to only have turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Mealtime gets quite animated in our household as relatives share the same fun stories over again from years past and of course we have a couple comedians at the table that like to challenge everyone with fun facts. This year I plan to be prepared with my own list of Thanksgiving Trivia Facts to share with everyone and as I made the list I thought I’d share them with you. Hopefully there is one or more out of the list you will enjoy sharing at your celebration.
- Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to 1578 in Newfoundland when explorer Martin Frobisher held a ceremony of gratitude for surviving the journey from Europe.
- Americans didn’t begin their annual Thanksgiving tradition until 1621 – 43 years later.
- “Cornucopia” is the Horn of Plenty; the symbol of abundance and nourishment.
- The wishbone is the forked bone between the turkey’s neck and breast and is classically saved, dried and snapped in two by two people as a superstitious good luck custom where whoever ends up holding the majority of the bone ‘gets their wish’.
- The average weight of an adult male turkey is 17 pounds. Current records with the NWTF show that the largest turkey harvested is 37.1 pounds.
- There are 17 ridges on a 14-ounce can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce.
- There are 531 turkey farmers in Canada.
- 3.1 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians at Thanksgiving in 2014.
- The average person consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving according to the Calorie Control Council. (3,000/meal & 1,500/snacking)
- Butterball says the best place to put the meat thermometer in the turkey is the thigh and should register at 165 degrees to ensure it is done.
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