5 Fun Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

To most of us, Thanksgiving is mainly comprised of three activities: spending time with family and friends, watching football, and eating a glutenous amount of food. You might think you already know everything there is to know about Thanksgiving. But there’s a whole lot more to this holiday than you might think…

  1. Historians have no record of turkey being eaten at the first Thanksgiving.The first Thanksgiving Day feast happened in 1621 with three whole days dedicated to the celebration. Although turkey was plentiful in the region and a common food source, it’s likely that other “fowling” was served for the occasion, and the well-known bird wasn’t actually the star of the festivities. Instead, “ducks, geese and swans” are believed to have been served to the English settlers and Native Americans.
  2. The first professional Thanksgiving Day football game was played 1920.Almost a century ago, Thanksgiving Day fell on November 25 and there were six football games played, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  3. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving Day song.Before becoming a Christmas anthem, Jingle Bells was an 1857 song titled “One Horse Open Sleigh,” and its composer, James Pierpont, intended it to be a Thanksgiving Day song. But it became so popular around December 25 that in 1859 the title was changed to “Jingle Bells” and the rest is history!
  4. The turkey’s tryptophan doesn’t actually make you tired.On Thanksgiving Day, you probably prepare yourself mentally knowing you’ll be tired after eating turkey, but the holiday bird isn’t actually to blame. Instead, the reason you can’t imagine doing else but watching football on the couch is because you over-ate. In fact, Dr. Daniel Barone tells Business Insider it’s actually called “postprandial fatigue.” Simply put, he says this means “after you’ve had a big meal your body goes into basically shutdown mode and sleep gets promoted.”
  5. Butterball has had a Turkey Talk-Line open for over 35 years.Believe it or not, Butterball has been answering more than 100,000 turkey-related questions since 1981. If you find yourself with a million questions and Google is too overwhelming, reach for the phone because the Turkey Talk-Line is real and there to help you. Open to U.S. and Canada homes every November to December, the unique hotline is also available to take questions through online chat and email, plus, there are Spanish-speaking experts!

While you’re sitting on the couch, recovering from the turkey- share some of these fun facts with your family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Source: www.housebeautiful.com, Business Insider

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