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Which American president proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a national holiday?
Abraham Lincoln, in 1863. Although the holiday originated in 1621, it took more than 200 years to really catch on.
In what year was the first Thanksgiving celebrated?
1621. Plymouth governor William Bradford invited neighboring Indians to join the Pilgrims for a three-day festival of recreation and feasting in gratitude for the bounty of the season.
What was on the menu at the first Thanksgiving meal?
Venison, duck, goose, seafood, eels, vegetables, and, of course, turkey.
Who wanted the turkey to be the official bird of the United States?
Benjamin Franklin. "I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country!" said Franklin in a letter to his daughter. "The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America."
Who presents the president of the United States with the official holiday turkey each year?
The National Turkey Federation. For more than 50 years, the NTF has presented the president with a live turkey and two dressed turkeys in celebration of Thanksgiving. Harry Truman was the first president to receive this honor in 1947. Each year, the president "pardons" the live turkey, who goes off to a historical farm to live out the rest of its years.
In what year did Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade make its debut?
1924. More than a thousand employees took part in the 5-mile parade, originally called Macy's Christmas Parade. Today the route is 2.5 miles long and millions of television viewers watch the trademark giant balloons march down the street.
What percentage of the American people eat turkey at Thanksgiving?
A survey by the National Turkey Federation showed that 91 percent of the American people eat turkey for their Thanksgiving meal.
What's the most popular way to eat turkey leftovers?
Turkey sandwiches are the number one way people eat leftovers, followed by soups and stews, salads, casseroles, and stir-fry.
What kind of turkey appeals most to small children?
According to the National Turkey Federation, ground turkey is a hit with kids.
Which country consumes the most turkey?
Israel. According to the National Turkey Federation, in 1998 Israel consumed 27.8 pounds per capita. The United States is in second place, at 18 pounds per capita, followed by France (14.3 pounds), the United Kingdom (11.5), Canada (9.7), Belgium-Luxembourg (7.5), and the Netherlands (3.9).
What's one of the most surprising places turkey has been eaten?
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin sat down to eat their first meal on the moon, their foil food packets contained roasted turkey with all the trimmings.
Does eating turkey make you sleepy?
Not on its own. Studies suggest that carbohydrate-rich meals may cause sleepiness by increasing the amount of tryptophan in the brain. So the unusually large, multi-course, carbohydrate-rich meal that most people eat on Thanksgiving is more likely the reason they feel sleepy afterward.
How many turkeys does the United States raise each year?
Turkey farmers raise about 300 million turkeys each year in the United States, according to the National Turkey Federation. In 1998, North Carolina was the top turkey-producing state in the country, followed by Minnesota, Arkansas, and Virginia.
How much does a typical Thanksgiving Day meal cost?
A traditional Thanksgiving meal for 10 people costs $35.68, according to 2004 data from the American Farm Bureau. Their menu includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, peas, rolls with butter, cranberries, a relish dish, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee or milk.