Thanksgiving Day is the most truly American of the national Holidays in the United States and is most closely connected with the earliest history of the country.
In 1620,the settlers,or Pilgrims,they sailed to America on the May flower,seeking a place where they could have freedom of worship. After a tempestuous two-month voyage they landed at in icy November,what is now Plymouth,Massachusetts.
During their first winter,over half of the settlers died of starvation or epidemics. Those who survived began sowing in the first spring.
All summer long they waited for the harvests with great anxiety,knowing that their lives and the future existence of the colony depended on the coming harvest. Finally the fields produced a yield rich beyond expectations. And therefore it was decided that a day of thanksgiving to the Lord be fixed. Years later,President of the United States proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day every year. The celebration of Thanksgiving Day has been observed on that date until today.
The pattern of the Thanksgiving celebration has never changed through the years. The big family dinner is planned months ahead. On the dinner table,people will find apples,oranges,chestnuts,walnuts and grapes. There will be plum pudding,mince pie,other varieties of food and cranberry juice and squash. The best and most attractive among them are roast turkey and pumpkin pie. They have been the most traditional and favorite food on Thanksgiving Day throughout the years.
Everyone agrees the dinner must be built around roast turkey stuffed with a bread dressing to absorb the tasty juices as it roasts. But as cooking varies with families and with the regions where one lives,it is not easy to get a consensus on the precise kind of stuffing for the royal bird.
Thanksgiving today is,in every sense,a national annual holiday on which Americans of all faiths and backgrounds join in to express their thanks for the year' s bounty and reverently ask for continued blessings.
46 million — The estimated number of turkeys eaten in the United States on Thanksgiving 2012.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States.
67 — The number of years between 1947, the first National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation at the White House, and Thanksgiving 2014.
Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feast, parade, sports and family.
Pumpkin pie and roast turkey are commonly served on Thanksgiving.
11-12 — The number of hours it takes to thaw a frozen 22- to 24-pound turkey in cold water. Compare that with the 5? to six days it takes to thaw in the refrigerator.
393 — The number of years between 1621, when the first Thanksgiving was observed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Thanksgiving 2014. A good harvest led Plymouth Colony Gov. William Bradford to plan a festival to give thanks. Around 90 Native Americans attended.
73 — The number of years between 1941, when Congress decided that the fourth Thursday in November would be observed as Thanksgiving Day and a federal legal holiday, and Thanksgiving 2014.
88 — The approximate percentage of Americans who eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day, according to a National Turkey Federation survey.
90 — The number of years between 1924, when the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place, and Thanksgiving 2014. It was originally called the Macy’s Christmas Parade.
69 — The approximate percentage of Thanksgiving Day fires caused by cooking.
2.5 — The number in miles of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade available for public viewing.
205 million — The number of turkeys raised in the United States in 2013.
5-5.5 — The number of hours it takes to cook a stuffed 22- to 24-pound turkey in an oven set to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
4 — Americans celebrate Thanksgiving every year on the fourth Thursday of November.
65 — Percentage of Americans surveyed who said eating Thanksgiving leftovers is more important than eating their regular Thanksgiving meal.
92.1 million — Black Friday shoppers in 2013.
225 — The number of years between 1789, when President George Washington issued a proclamation naming November 26 a day of national thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving 2014.
50 million — The approximate number of people who typically watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television.
4,500 — The average number of calories you might consume on Thanksgiving, according to the Calorie Control Council. That’s 3,000 for the meal, and another 1,500 for snacking and nibbling.
151 — The number of years between October 3, 1863, when Lincoln proclaimed a national annual Thanksgiving Day, and Thanksgiving 2014.
100,000-plus — Questions typically answered by the Butterball Turkey hotline every November and December.
2 — The maximum number of days the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests keeping a fresh turkey before cooking it.
94 — The number of years between the first NFL Thanksgiving Day games in 1920 and Thanksgiving 2014.
36 — The number of years it took magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale to crusade for an annual Thanksgiving holiday. National and local days of thanksgiving had been celebrated over the years, but President Abraham Lincoln finally proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving in 1863.
46.3 million — The estimated number of Americans who will be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014, according to AAA.
2 — The ranking of Thanksgiving on the list of America’s favorite holidays. Christmas is No. 1.