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Top 15 Things You Didn't Know About Thanksgiving

While you are preparing, eating or feeling drowsy on your thanksgiving, just ponder upon these really awesome facts about Thanksgiving.  May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season.

The First Thanksgiving.

The First Thanksgiving was held in 1621 A.D. It was attended by 50 pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and it lasted for 3 days. (In picture- Oil Canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris recreated the black and white painting in color)

Thanksgiving wasn't a national holiday for 200 years.

A work of art suggests the time when Abraham Lincoln made the thanksgiving a national holiday.

Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.

It took 17 years and hundreds of letters to make it possible. (In Pic - Thank you Sarah, a book on Sarah's life)

NFL Thanksgiving.

NFL Thanksgiving Classic games begin in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. (In Pic- A Green Bay Packers fan pokes fun at the Detroit Lions during Thursday's traditional Thanksgiving day game in Detroit)

First Thanksgiving had no Turkey.

The first thanksgiving didn't host a turkey. It had pumpkin but no pumpkin pie. They also didn't had mashed potatoes and no cranberry sauce.

Heaviest Turkey weighs 86 pounds.

According to Guiness book of records, it belongs to Philip Cook, a farmer of Teacroft Turkey Ltd. Turkey's name was Tyson and it fetched Philip a whooping $6,692 in an auction.

Benjamin Franklin wanted The Turkey to be the national bird.

The first Turkey Pardon ceremony happened in 1947.

President Truman kick started the first turkey pardon ceremony in 1947. Every year, the president spares a turkey from being eaten. President Obama pardoned Courage at last thanksgiving, a turkey who was flown to disneyland later.

Americans eat 46 millions turkey each thanksgiving.

Californians consume most turkey on Thanksgiving.

A perfect Californian dinner.

First Thanksgiving TV Dinner

In 1953, Swanson had so much turkey that a salesman told them that they should package them with other side to sweet potatoes.

Macy Thanksgiving parade.

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade began in 1924. There were 400 employees and it went from Convent Avenue to 145th street in New York City. It featured live animals from central zoo. (In picture: Snoopy at the parade in 2013)

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.

Thanksgiving was meant to be a Fast not a Feast.

Earlier Thanksgiving was meant to thank God and pray, people still pray but earlier they abstained from having such a feast.