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Happy Thanksgiving! We all love to eat, and spend time with loved ones on Thanksgiving, but how much do you ACTUALLY know about the holiday?

Here are some great Thanksgiving fun facts you can bust out at the dinner table this year:

 

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621

  • It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.

Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving.

  • Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries

Thanksgiving wasn’t a national holiday until October 3, 1863

  • Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.

There are four towns in the United States named “Turkey.”

  • There are Turkey towns in Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and even our very own, North Carolina.

The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500.

Butterball answers more than 100,000 turkey-cooking questions a year

  • The Butterball emergency line is BUSY! They get calls through November and December

The Thanksgiving Football tradition started in 1876.

  • Yale and Princeton was the first Thanksgiving ffootball game. The first NFL games were played on Thanksgiving in 1920.

LOTS of Americans travel on Thanksgiving!

  • More than 54 million Americans are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year.