Kiwi Audio Visual would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. In the spirit of this holiday week, here are some trivia facts about America’s most beloved tradition of the year: Thanksgiving Day!

Congress approved Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday in 1941. Since  then, it has been a time to reflect on all of the things we are grateful for and a time to focus on family. It is celebrated on the fourth  Thursday of every November, as every Savvy Auntie knows.  But what are  some things about Thanksgiving you may not know?
1. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days. The  Wampanoag tribe, who taught the original settlers (the Pilgrims) how to  cultivate the land, gathered with the Pilgrims to give thanks for the  year’s harvest.
2. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621, but wasn’t an annual  celebration until 1863, when President Lincoln listened to Mrs. Sarah  Joseph Hale’s request for the national holiday.
3. The Pilgrims set  sail on the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in  December of 1620. They were attempting to escape religious persecution  by the Church of England and went on to become the Puritans.
4. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the United States national  bird.  Thomas Jefferson opposed him.  It is said that “Tom the Turkey,” was Franklin’s way of spiting Jefferson!
5. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade became a tradition in the Roaring 20’s.
6. Thanksgiving used to be celebrated on the last Thursday of every  November, but Franklin D. Roosevelt changed that in order to make the  holiday shopping season last longer.
7. Ducks were probably the main  course of the first Thanksgiving meal. The Native Americans would have  brought deer, or venison, with them.
8. Cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, staples at today’s Thanksgiving  table, weren’t even invented until after the first Thanksgiving!
9. There were more Native Americans (90 strong) than Pilgrims (53 survivors) at the first  Thanksgiving.
10. Because the Pilgrims’ sugar supply would have dwindled during their  journey, the first Thanksgiving was likely celebrated without any pies,  cakes, or other desserts which we so enjoy during the season now.
So as we sit with our nieces, nephews, and other family members for our  own Thanksgiving celebrations, let’s be thankful that we can enjoy the  day off, the newer delicacies, the desserts, and the ease we have in  organizing these delightful dinners together.
Kiwi Audio Visual will be closed on November 22 and November 23. Kiwi’s normal business hours will return the following week after observance of Thanksgiving Holiday. 1-888-567-5494
The facts from this article were written by Veronica Spettmann. She is a staff writer for Savvy Auntie.