Wayne's Words: Happy Thanksgiving!

Wayne Horne | 11/21/2017, 1:22 p.m. | Updated on 11/30/2017, 2:37 p.m.
The start of every holiday season should begin by being thankful for what we have, but, more importantly, for what ...

Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season. The start of every holiday season should begin by being thankful for what we have, but, more importantly, for what we have been able to share with others. The Thanksgiving Day holiday is the most American of our holidays. There will be gatherings and celebrations enjoyed with family and food. It’s also a time to reminisce about past Thanksgivings and the meaning of the holiday.

In the spirit of the season here are some fun facts about Thanksgiving that may liven up the gathering, especially if there is a need to avoid a political discussion.

The roots of the original Thanksgiving we celebrate was about three days long. It probably took longer for the relatives to travel a long distance to reach their destination and share in the feast. While we only have one day designated for the holiday, most celebrate it as a four-day weekend. We couldn’t have Black Friday for shopping if we didn’t. Don’t forget the weekend includes Small Business Saturday. Sunday is still reserved for rest and football.

Thursday, the focus will be on what’s being served at the dinner table. Americans consume 736 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day. The fixins’ can vary depending on the group, but typically will include mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberries and a variety of breads. Most tables will include pumpkin pie for dessert. About 4500 calories, on the average, are consumed on Thanksgiving. It can take over 10 hours to work off that many calories. The average cost to prepare the meal is about $50.

The tradition of Thanksgiving Day football began in 1876 with Yale playing Princeton. Yale won the game 2 – 0. Scoring must not have been as important in those days as it is today. The first professional football game played on Thanksgiving was in 1920. The names of the teams that played that day are not in existence today. The Chicago Bears played the Chicago Cardinals in 1922. The Bears lost 6 – 0. The Lions and the Dallas Cowboys are the teams that traditionally play every Thanksgiving Day.

What are Americans most thankful for? According to WalletHub.com 84 percent of us are grateful for family health and family relationships. Only 61 percent of us are happy with personal economic situation. Contrasting with that statistic, just 28 percent are satisfied with America’s economic situation.

One last thing… I’ve used the following the last few years as a closing because I haven’t come up with a better one.

This time of year, is about family and friends and peace on earth for all people. The peace part isn’t working out so well if indeed it ever has. Regardless of that sentiment, take time with family and friends outside the usual hubbub and enjoy the season. Happy Thanksgiving and stay tuned…

Contact Wayne at wayneswords@thetimesweekly.com.