5 Thing You Didn't Know About Thanksgiving

Posted at 4:39 PM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 18:39:30-05

You may want to get your pulse checked after learning this...traditional thanksgiving food is not really traditional!! The first Thanksgiving spread probably did not include turkey, mashed potatoes, or pumpkin pie... The List’s Donna Ruko has five more facts you'll be thankful to know.


We Consume 4,500 Calories On Turkey Day!

According to the Calorie Control Council, about 3,000 calories are from the meal and 1,500 from all the snacking and nibbling throughout the day.



Thanksgiving Dinner Led To The Invention Of The TV Dinner

In 1953, Swanson overestimated the amount of turkey people would eat by 260 tons. Instead of letting it go to waste, one of their sales team members came up with a quick and easy meal inspired by the airlines. By 1954 they perfected the frozen meal by combining turkey with cornbread dressing, peas, and sweet potatoes.


The Writer Of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” Also Loved Thanksgiving

Sarah Josepha Hale was a big proponent for the day and helped convince Abraham Lincoln to make it a holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In 1941, congress wrote it into law.


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Is Tied Is The Second Oldest Parade For The Day

Started in 1924 it is the same age as America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. The oldest is the Thanksgiving parade in Philadelphia, 96 years and going strong.


Hit The Road To Enjoy Your Meal

If you're looking to dig in to your favorite dishes but want zero calories, hit the road and you’re your potato fix in Spuds, Florida, sauce it up in Cranberry, Pennsylvania ...main course in Turkey, Texas, and finish it off in Pie Town, New Mexico.


Say grace! That's 5 Thing You Didn't Know about Thanksgiving.