Let’s Talk Turkey

Published: 11/17/2017

Let’s Talk Turkey

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away. Maybe it’s because the holiday comes a bit earlier this year or because it’s been so warm. Whatever the case, the holidays are upon us. As we move into Thanksgiving, I thought I might share a few facts that you may not know about this holiday.

  • Thanksgiving was celebrated on the third Thursday of November beginning in 1939 and switching back to the fourth Thursday in 1942.
  • TV Dinners were invented when Swanson over ordered turkeys, so the company decided to pack that turkey in an aluminum tray with dressing, gravy, peas and sweet potatoes. Within a year, more than ten million of these frozen dinners were served.
  • Nearly 50 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving every year. However, less than 90% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • Black Friday isn’t just the busiest day of the year for retailers, but for plumbers also.
  • Yes, Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to serve as the national bird as it was a “much more respectable bird” than the eagle.
  • About 28% of Americans will host 12 or more people for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • The average wait for that dinner? The average time we spend cooking Thanksgiving dinner is around seven hours.

However you celebrate this wonderfully American holiday, I hope you take time to truly give thanks for the abundance many of us enjoy in this country. It might also be a great time to give to those less fortunate.

Have a wonderful weekend.



Scott Smith 

Weekly Quote:

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey

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