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A very Happy Thanksgiving from CERC.

Thanksgiving has been a public holiday since 1862, taking place on the fourth Thursday of November each year. The usual Thanksgiving meal in the United States features turkey roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet (mashed) potatoes, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, vegetables of the season, bread rolls with butter and pumpkin pie with whipped cream as dessert. But the first Thanksgiving menu included duck, wild turkey, deer, flint corn, fish, and eels!*

Here are a few fun stats about the modern holiday as you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal... 

  • 96% of American families gather each Thanksgiving for a feast and 28% will have more than 12 people at the Thanksgiving table.*
  • The average time cooking the Thanksgiving meal is 7 hours and the average time eating the Thanksgiving meal is just 16 minutes.*
  • With 88% of Thanksgiving meals including turkey as part of the meal, 46 million turkeys are consumed in the United States on Thanksgiving.*
  • 79 million Americans like leftovers more than their Thanksgiving meal.*
  • 3.1 billion pounds of sweet potatoes - another popular Thanksgiving side dish — were produced by
    major sweet potato producing states in 2015.**
  • There are 4 places in the United States named after the holiday's main course:  Turkey Creek, Arizona with 405 residents; Turkey City, Texas with 367 residents; Turkey Creek Village, Louisiana with 357 residents; and Turkey Town, North Carolina with 280 residents.**
  • 23.8 million U.S. residents have English ancestry as of 2016. Some could very well be descendants of the Plymouth colonists who participated in the autumn feast that is widely believed to be one of the first Thanksgivings, especially the 636,000 living in Massachusetts.**
  • 98.3% of U.S. households had a television in 2011. No doubt, many guests either before,
    after or perhaps even during the feast will settle in front of their TVs to watch some football.**


* Source: Thanksgiving Fun Facts by Nationwide Insurance

** Source:  United States Census Bureau