Thanksgiving is a time where friends, family, and neighbors come together to enjoy good food and good company. But if you’re like us, you’ve probably pondered some of the other traditions of Thanksgiving beyond just turkey and mashed potatoes. From plumbers to Orlando, Florida, here are the most interesting and silly facts behind Thanksgiving.
1) The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
Black Friday isn’t just for retailers. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for plumbers! This is likely due to the high volume of homes that may otherwise not be hosting large groups. Just a reminder, don’t pour hot oil down your drains.
2) The Butterball hotline answers 100,000 turkey-related questions every year.
In 1981 the Butterball brand opened its Turkey Talk-Line. What started as a simple helpline, answering a modest 11,000 calls, has turned into a bustling Q&A center that answers nearly 100,000 turkey-related questions every year. Here’s our turkey tip: always fully defrost your turkey before you deep fry it!
3) The first Thanksgiving lasted three days.
Thanksgiving can be a long day for those with big families or out-of-town visitors. But imagine if it lasted 3 days?! The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in October 1621 and was organized by Governor William Bradford of Plymouth, Massachusetts, to celebrate the recent immigrants’ first successful corn harvest in the New World. It didn’t have our modern traditional fixings but it did last 3 days. While we love our extended family and friends, no way would we want to celebrate for 3 whole days!
4) More people travel to Orlando, Florida than anywhere else on Thanksgiving.
According to AAA, over 55 million Americans travel during the Thanksgiving weekend holiday. The most popular destination? Orlando, Florida! Can’t say we blame them! Sun, sand, and surf sound like a great holiday destination to us!