10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving
Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday. However not many people are aware of the many interesting facts revolving around Thanksgiving. This holiday season, you can increase your knowledge by being aware of some interesting Thanksgiving trivia, and can impress your friends and family members with it.
Listed here are a few things you didn’t know about Thanksgiving.
1. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada apart from the United States of America. The only difference is that in Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of every October, whereas in United States it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November.
2. TV dinners were introduced because of Thanksgiving. In the year 1953, someone at Swanson had miscalculated the amount of turkeys that would be sold that season. As a result, they were left with about 260 tons of extra turkey. A smart salesman then suggested the repackaging of that extra turkey in aluminum trays with sides such as sweet potatoes. And TV dinners were born!
3. There were no forks at the first ever Thanksgiving dinner. People ate their meals only with spoons and knives, because forks were invented 10 years after that.
4. President Roosevelt had once tried to change the Thanksgiving holiday and move it up by a week to the third Thursday of November, in order to have one extra week for Christmas shopping and experience a boost in the economy. But this change wasn’t welcomed very well and Thanksgiving went back to being on the fourth Thursday of November.
5. Benjamin Franklin had once told his daughter in a letter that the turkey was a much more respectable bird than the eagle. He thus wanted turkey to be the national bird.