Thanksgiving is a great day for families to come together for food, football, and freaking awesome Black Friday deals. But there are probably some facts about this delicious Turkey Day that you’ve never heard before. So now we take a look at the top 10 facts about Thanksgiving:
10. It’s Official
Thanksgiving was not always a holiday celebrated together. Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
9. Thanksgiving Days
While nowadays we celebrate Thanksgiving on just one day a year, the first Thanksgiving celebration was actually 3 days long.
8. A Big Bird
While every year you may think that you’ve brought home the biggest turkey in the world to celebrate this wonderful feast, the Guinness Book of Records states that the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey is 39.09 kg (86 lbs), at the annual “heaviest turkey” competition held in London, England on December 12, 1989.
7. An Early Thanksgiving
In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
6. The National Bird
The bald eagle is a majestic and proud bird that symbolizes the United States in wonderful fashion, however Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. It would probably not be on the table this Thanksgiving if that were made so.