Well, friends, Thanksgiving is this weekend. As the holiday approaches, and I reflect on all that I am thankful for, I want you to know how grateful I am to you for trusting me as your realtor. I love what I do, and working with amazing clients makes my job even more rewarding.

And, with that, can you hardly wait to get on your stretchy pants and eat yourself into a turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie food coma? I know I can’t! But, when you are meeting up with your family and/or friends over the holiday, perhaps you want to be armed with some interesting facts about Thanksgiving that will have everyone saying, “Wow! I didn’t’ know that!” So, because I care about you, here you go!

#1

Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday in October, which coincides with Columbus Day in the United States.

#2

Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday. Except in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

#3

Thanksgiving began in 1578 when English explorer, Martin Frobisher, arrived in Newfoundland and wanted to celebrate his safe arrival. However, it wasn’t declared a national holiday until 1879. And, it wasn’t until 1956 that the October date was set.

#4

Canadians love cranberries. Who knew? It’s popularity leads to high production rates for cranberry farmers. In 2017, Canada produced 125, 000 metric tons. That’s a whole bunch of cranberry!

#5

Is there a fight over the wishbone in your home every Thanksgiving? It appears that this is nothing new. The tradition goes all the way back to the Etruscans in 322 BCE. The Romans originally brought the tradition to England, where it eventually was brought to Canada.

#6

While many people still cook the traditional turkey, some are walking on the wild side and trying something new. “Turducken” has become popular in Canada. Wondering what “turducken” is? Well, it’s a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey.

#7

While turkey and cranberry sauce weren’t original to Thanksgiving feasts, pumpkin pie has been around for a long time. Pumpkin recipes have been on the menu since the 1650’s.

#8

A popular symbol for Thanksgiving is the cornucopia, which means “Horn of Plenty” in Latin.

#9

According to the Turkey Farmer’s of Canada, 2.2 million whole turkeys were purchased by Canadians during Thanksgiving in 2018.

#10

Turkey is not the culprit of making you sleepy! While it does contain Tryptophan, which is an amino acid that the body uses in the process of making serotonin, it doesn’t have much of an impact. So, why so tired after you eat it? Well, we consume a large amount of high fat foods during our Thanksgiving feasts, alcohol is often consumed, and we eat until we feel like we might explode. So, it’s likely that these factors play a much larger role in needing a nap than just Tom the Turkey himself.

So, now that you know a little more about Thanksgiving, I wish you and yours a holiday filled with food, family, friends, and fun. And, I hope you also have some time to take a nap! Happy Thanksgiving!

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