NUMBERS: Happy Thanksgiving
Looking back, it’s been 392 years since the pilgrims observed their first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in 1621, and 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise”. Last week’s news included the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. And until today, it never dawned on me that the first national holiday for Thanksgiving came during the Civil War.
Fast-forward and here are some stats from Thanksgiving by the Numbers [Ref 1] today:
– 46 million Americans will eat a Thanksgiving meal.
– 50 million will watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.
– 70 million will watch football.
My guess is that the 70 million Americans watching the football game are largely extracted from the parade watchers and food consumers. After all, the absence of football would diminish the meaning of this holiday for a lot of people.
Coining a phrase from my pastor, there will be sinning at the table today. We will consume [Ref 1]:
– 768 million pounds of cranberries
– 47 million pounds of potatoes
– 1.9 billion pounds of green beans
– 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins
All of the above is covered under the traditional Thanksgiving meal. A good friend in Albuquerque will have turkey burgers and fries as a part of her non-traditional menu in a household that includes a four-year old.
The authors of Thanksgiving by the Numbers also shared that this year’s feast for 10 persons cost about $49.04. As a reminder to my readers of this post and blog, every day is a day to give thanks, in spite of your personal circumstances. One of my greatest blessings this Thanksgiving is having an unspeakable joy that brings me peace!
That, my friends, is priceless!
1. Thanksgiving by the Numbers (video), by Will Storey and John Woo for the New York Times, November 27, 2013.