How much do you know about Thanksgiving?
Americans aren’t the only ones who celebrate Thanksgiving
- Canada’s Thanksgiving is celebrated during the second week in October, and marks the successful harvest of the French settlers
- The Harvest Thanksgiving Festival in Germany, also observed in October, consists of feasting and religious celebrations.
- In Japan, the people observe Labor Thanksgiving Day, which began as a harvest festival, but in modern times has become a celebration of labor, production, and thankfulness.
- In The Netherlands, Thanksgiving Day is in honor of the Pilgrims that lived in Leiden before continuing on to Plymouth.
Our favorite things about Thanksgiving:
- Our top three favorite Thanksgiving dishes are turkey, followed by stuffing, with pumpkin pie rounding out third.
- The average person will consume around 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving! That’s more than double what we eat on a typical day. It’s no wonder we love our afternoon naps as much as we love the turkey!
- TV dinners were invented due to an ordering error at Swanson. They had 260 tons of extra turkey! A salesman for the company suggested they pack it in aluminum trays with all the trimmings like sweet potatoes and corn. They sold over 10 million packages that first year, and a star was born.
- We love our leftovers! 80% of Americans say they enjoy the leftovers more than the actual meal.
Every Thanksgiving since 1934 The Detroit Lions have hosted a football game. That year, they played the Chicago Bears in front of a crowd of 26,000. The first televised game was in 1956. The Chicago Bears have also made a tradition of playing football on Thanksgiving. Most recently, a third NFL game has been scheduled as well, but the teams alternate each year.
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is watched by around 44 million every year. The first parade was held in 1924 and was 2 city blocks in length. There were no giant balloons, only live animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, the parade stretches for 2.5 miles and more than 3 million spectators line the streets of New York. Macy’s idea was to promote the holiday shopping season.
- Speaking of shopping! Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. 102 million people shop til they drop, spending an average of $300 per person. In more recent years, Amazon and other online retailers have extended the shopping spree through Cyber Monday, when the best deals online can be found. In 2011, Wal-Mart broke tradition and opened on the evening of Thanksgiving, with many other retailers following suit. Many shoppers have adopted a new tradition of shopping as soon as the dishes are cleared.
It’s great to be a plumber during Thanksgiving weekend !
Plumbers boast this as their busiest time of the year. It seems all the extra dish-washing, showering , and laundry that visiting family members can add, puts a little stress on the plumbing. Put away a few bucks for repairs if you’re hosting this year’s Thanksgiving feast!
AND MOST OF ALL, WE’RE THANKFUL!
According to a recent Harris poll, Americans are most thankful for family, health, and freedom, respectively.
SERVPRO of Chester, Hardin, Henderson and McNairy Counties is not only thankful for these things, but for the opportunity to be of service to those in our communities when they are most in need. We wish for all to be happy and healthy during this season of thanks. But when disaster strikes, we’re here to help.
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