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Maybe you think that you already know everything about Thanksgiving but there is much more about to know! Here are the interesting facts about Thanksgiving Day that are ready to blow your mind!

1. After Sarah Josepha Hale wrote a letter to President Lincoln for Thanksgiving to be made a national holiday, it becomes official 200 years later.

1. After Sarah Josepha Hale wrote a letter to President Lincoln for Thanksgiving to be made a national holiday, it becomes official 200 years later.

Her wish became a reality in 1863.

2. According to historians, turkey didn't served at the first Thanksgiving.

2. According to historians, turkey didn't served at the first Thanksgiving.

Instead of turkey, animals like deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish were on the menu.

3. Spoons and knives were available and used during the first Thanksgiving.

3. Spoons and knives were available and used during the first Thanksgiving.

However, forks were a no-show and they didn’t rise to popularity until the 18th century.

4. President Lincoln declared the holiday would be the fourth Thursday in November.

4. President Lincoln declared the holiday would be the fourth Thursday in November.

However, in 1939 President Roosevelt bumped it up a week in hopes of helping the shopping season during the Depression era. It was changed back two years later.

5. Every year, the president of the US pardons a turkey instead of cooking it to the dinner.

5. Every year, the president of the US pardons a turkey instead of cooking it to the dinner.

The first turkey pardon began with President Truman in 1947.

6. "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song.

6. "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song.

James Pierpont's original song called as 'One Horse Open Sleigh' and it was composed for Thanksgiving day. However it became popular around Christmas and its name was changed to 'Jingle Bells.'

7. The first Macy's Parade used live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

7. The first Macy's Parade used live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

It was held in 1924 and the parade included monkeys, bears, camels, and elephants, all borrowed from the Central Park Zoo.

8. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird.

8. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird.

He wrote in a letter:  'For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country... For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird.'

9. The first Thanksgiving meal took 3 days to eat.

9. The first Thanksgiving meal took 3 days to eat.

…and we thought one day was a lot of food.

10. The average person eats enough each Thanksgiving to gain 1.3 pounds.

10. The average person eats enough each Thanksgiving to gain 1.3 pounds.

11. About 280 million turkeys are sold annually for Thanksgiving.

11. About 280 million turkeys are sold annually for Thanksgiving.

It is about 7 BILLION pounds of Turkey and approximately $3 billion worth of sales.

12. Turkey was the first meal enjoyed by the Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in space.

12. Turkey was the first meal enjoyed by the Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in space.

13. The first football game of Thanksgiving Day was played in 1920.

13. The first football game of Thanksgiving Day was played in 1920.

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the games played on Thanksgiving on November 25, 1920.

14. According to the Guinnes Book of Records, the heaviest turkey on record weighed in at a hefty 86 pounds.

14. According to the Guinnes Book of Records, the heaviest turkey on record weighed in at a hefty 86 pounds.
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