Things You Wish You Knew about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here. Finally, we get a day off of work to relax, spend time with family, and other wonderful things that don’t include work (hopefully). Thanksgiving really kicks off the holiday season; sparking a rise in quality family time, lawn decorations and hot cider. Hot apple cider makes everything feel right, doesn’t it? When you hear “Happy Holidays,” does your mind immediately race to Christmas, Hanukah, etc. and skip over Thanksgiving? Or if you do think of Thanksgiving, are you considering it more than a time to pile your plate with as much food than it ever dreamed of holding? Hopefully this blog will encourage you to think of Thanksgiving as more. Buckle up, you are about to get hit hard with some Thanksgiving Trivia.

Thanksgiving Timeline:

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A Pie Chart of Pie

Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a little pie. Those ranking in the top: apple, strawberry, blueberry, cherry and pumpkin. Here is a chart that “dishes” out the top ranking pies!

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Eat desert first, you may not get to it later

Today’s dishes served on Thanksgiving Day are a bit different from the original Thanksgiving feast. Wall, a culinarian at Plimoth Plantation, claims that “little is known about exactly what was at the first feast. We do know that the Wampanoag Native American tribe brought five deer and some maize, served similarly grits” — a modern day Southern favorite. As far as we know, the colonists were able to contribute wild fowl (geese, pigeons, quail, duck, etc.) to the feast. The deer and fowl were most likely accompanied with fish, mussels, eels, shorebirds, and nuts; as well as vegetables such as pumpkins, squash, carrots, and peas. The sweets we all know and love today were not present due to the colonists’ shortened sugar supply quickly diminishing from the grueling seaward journey.

Thanksgiving has had many years to transform into what we traditionally consider it. Today’s average family will tend to serve turkey, cranberry, dressing, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie.

To give you an idea of how popular a dish turkey has become, let’s talk numbers. The National Turkey Federation (NTF) estimated last year that the average weight of a turkey bought for Thanksgiving was 15 pounds. This brings the whopping total poundage of turkey sold for Thanksgiving day to 675 million pounds! This is equivalent to 45,000 elephants weighing 15,000 a pop. Or it is the same as 168,750 cars weighting 2 tons a piece. Now, that’s a lot of turkey!

Go Forth. Eat. And be merry.

CE Broker wishes you and your families the happiest of Thanksgivings! If you want to browse more on Thanksgiving facts to wow your families with at the dinner table, be sure to check out these posts:

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