By. Allen Chavez

1.      Thanksgiving is ranked as America’s second most popular holiday, after Christmas.

2.      The average American will consume 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day, or about 3,000 for the meal and an additional 1,500 for snacking.

3.      Thanksgiving is often considered the site of the first cultural war because it contains both a narrative of the birth of freedom and democracy as well as an account of racism, mistreatment of Native Americans, and conflict.

4.      In December 1620, the first Pilgrim landed and built their settlement site in the middle of the homeland of Wampanoag (Massachusetts) people.

5.      Americans eat roughly 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.

6.      In Finland they call November ‘Marraskuu’ which translates to the month of the dead.

7.      In the United States and Canada, November is National Beard Month or No Shave Month. Australians grow a mustache instead of a full beard on November.

8.      In any given year, November starts on the same day of the week as March and ends on the same day of the week as August.