Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company, eat delicious food, and, hopefully, take some time to appreciate the things they’re thankful for. Between the turkey and stuffing, football games and cousin time, it has the makings of a great holiday. 

And while we all know the story of how the Pilgrims and the Indians got together at Thanksgiving, you might not know some of the facts we’ve compiled for you here. Or, the recipe for better content, faster.

Let’s start with the facts:

  1. The First Thanksgiving Was a Three-Day Affair

After a successful first harvest, in November 1621, Governor William Bradford decided to host a celebration for the Plymouth colonists and invited members of the Wampanoag tribe to join them. That first feast lasted three days. And while it’s unclear whether they actually ate any turkey, we do know that lobster, swan, seal, and venison were all on the menu.

  1. Honest Abe Made Thanksgiving a National Holiday

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a US holiday. Interestingly, he did it at the urging of Sarah Joseph Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” She’d been writing Lincoln letters for 17 years, begging him to declare the holiday.

  1. Football and Thanksgiving Have Gone Hand in Hand for More Than a Century

An 1876 game between Yale and Princeton brought about the tradition of football on Thanksgiving. But it wasn’t until 1920 that the NFL played its first games.

  1. Thanksgiving Inspired the TV Dinner

Back in the 1950s, an administrative error at C.A. Swanson & Co. resulted in a 260-ton order of Thanksgiving turkeys. To unload them all, the company decided to fill aluminum trays with the turkey, along with gravy, peas, dressing, and sweet potatoes, similar to the prepared food served on airlines. Costing just 98 cents a piece, the meals were a hit and quickly gave rise to the TV dinners we know today.

  1. Thanksgiving Is a Serious Meal

People consume an average of 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. That includes up to 229 grams of fat, which is about three to four times most people’s typical daily intake. None of this is too surprising when you consider the 46 million turkeys and 50 million pies consumed every Thanksgiving.

  1. Bush Was the First President to Pardon a Turkey

In 1989, then President George H.W. Bush pardoned the first turkey at his official Thanksgiving proclamation, after noticing that the bird was a bit anxious. Since then, every president has upheld the tradition.

  1. Thanksgiving Has Been a Boon for Plumbers

According to Roto-Rooter, the day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest of the year for plumbers. They regularly get called in to deal with backed up sinks and toilets on what they jokingly refer to as Brown Friday.

A Reliable Content Recipe

If you’re a content professional, in addition to having some fun new facts to share over your Thanksgiving feast, we hope you’ll take away something else too. Thanksgiving is all about bringing people together. And that’s exactly what good content is meant to do. You want your content to draw people in and help build connections with them. Great content should be as satisfying as any turkey dinner and help solidify relationships between you and your customers. 

But don’t weigh down your content with unnecessary stuffing. Instead, follow a reliable recipe that combines all the right ingredients for better content, faster. Find that list of nine ingredients here (or below). And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!