These fun facts will entertain the whole family around the Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving is an important day in the U.S. history. As a result, it has come to be a very special day for many families in America. It’s a day to spend time with loved ones, share a meal together, and be thankful for everything positive in your life. While you’re stuffing your bellies this Thanksgiving, here are a few fun facts that you can share to keep things interesting around the table!

It took two centuries for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday.

The first Thanksgiving ever held was in the autumn of 1621, consisting of about 90 Wampanoag Native Americans and 50 Pilgrims. It was only in the 17th century that Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, thought it deserved to be a national holiday. It took nearly two decades of campaigning and five presidents before Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a national Thanksgiving holiday.

Turkey was not on the menu at the first Thanksgiving.

Historians say that the first Thanksgiving meal included various types of fish but no turkey. There were likely pumpkins, but no pumpkin pie. Over 280 million turkeys sold across the U.S. each year. Mix up this year by trying baked tofu or Tofurkey instead of the turducken!

Thanksgiving was meant to be a fast, not a feast.

The pilgrims gave thanks by praying to their God and abstaining from food as a way of celebrating their first harvest. Then, the Wampanoag Indians joined them in their celebrations, and turned them into a three-day banquet!

Thanksgiving date was changed to boost the economy.

During the economic crisis of the 1930s and 1940s, President Roosevelt attempted to change the Thanksgiving traditional date from the last Thursday of November to the second last Thursday to extend the Christmas shopping period by a week. Only half of the states went along with his plan, leaving the economy hurting.

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