Thanksgiving By The Numbers

November 21, 2012

Yesterday, while discussing weekend plans, many of us agreed that Thanksgiving is hands-down our favorite holiday. In a sea of hectic holiday get-togethers and shopping lists, Thanksgiving stands apart as a relaxed, feel-good day filled with great food and good company. Oh, and naps are actually encouraged.

Heading into the holiday weekend, I wanted to share a quick snapshot of all the different elements that come together to make Thanksgiving such a magical time of year. Have a safe and lovely holiday weekend from all of us at Fast Horse.

  • 1621 – The year of the original Thanksgiving, an extended feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest in the Plymouth Colony after a year of great challenges
  • 1939 – They year president Roosevelt officially moved Thanksgiving Day up one week (it used to be the last Thursday in November) at the request of business leaders who felt they were losing money due to a shorter shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
  • 4,500 – The number of calories the average American consumes on Thanksgiving Day (according to the Calorie Control Council)
  • 763 million – The number of pounds of turkey consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2011
  • 50 million – The number of people who are expected to tune into the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year’s parade will be broadcast on CBS and NBC and kicks off at 8 a.m.
  • 8 p.m. – The time when Black Friday deals start at Walmart, Kmart and a stable of other retailers — on Thursday
  • 5 – The number of major movies opening Thanksgiving weekend: “Rise of the Guardians,” “Life of Pi,” “Red Dawn,” “Anna Karenina” and “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • 20 – The percent of all cranberries grown in the U.S. that are consumed during Thanksgiving
  • $3.34 – The average price of a gallon of gas in the Midwest this week. More than 43 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving gatherings
  • 24-17 – My prediction for the Patriots vs. Jets game (favoring the Patriots) on Thanksgiving Day.