Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

First off and most important: Happy Thanksgiving! We hope there is delicious food and the company of loved ones for all of you on Thanksgiving. May your travels be safe, your shopping trips fruitful, your football teams winners, and your weekend long.

For centuries, people celebrated Thanksgiving with feast, blessings, thanks and prayers at the end of the harvest season. The event became a national holiday on October 3, 1863 (153 years ago), when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the holiday as a national day of thanksgiving that would be celebrated on the last Thursday of November.

Almost a century later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to change the day from the last Thursday to the fourth Thursday. Because the holiday was occasionally celebrated on the fifth Thursday of the month, President Roosevelt thought by having the holiday on the fourth Thursday, people would be encouraged to shop earlier and that would give the country an economic boost. On December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed a joint resolution with the Congress clarifying that Thanksgiving Day should be celebrated on the fourth Thursday and not on the last Thursday of the month.

Thanksgiving and similar holidays are celebrated in many countries in the world, such as Australia (Norfolk Island), Canada, Germany, Grenada, Japan, Liberia, Philippines, Saint Lucia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.


The number of occupied housing units across Oregon in 2015 ─ potential stops for Thanksgiving dinner. 


The number of multigenerational households in Oregon in 2015. It is possible these households, consisting of three or more generations, will have to purchase large quantities of food to accommodate all the family members sitting around the table for the holiday feast, even if there are no guests. 

243.0 million

The forecasted number of turkeys raised in the U.S. in 2016 according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics. That is up 4 percent from the number raised during 2015.

44.0 million

The forecasted number of turkeys raised in Minnesota in 2016. Minnesota is the top turkey producing state, followed by North Carolina (33.0 million), Arkansas (26.0 million), Indiana (20.0 million), Missouri (19.7 million) and Virginia (17.0 million) according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

$19.3 million

The value of U.S. imports of live turkeys in 2015, with 99.9 percent of them coming from Canada and the remaining from the United Kingdom according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The United States ran a $10.6 million trade deficit in live turkeys during the period but had a surplus of $126.2 million in sweet potatoes. The Dominican Republic was the source of 37.9 percent ($5.5 million) of total imports ($14.5 million) of sweet potatoes. 

859.0 million pounds

The forecasted weight of cranberries produced in the U.S. in 2016 according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Wisconsin was estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 521.0 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (estimated at 207.0 million pounds). Oregon, Washington and New Jersey were also estimated to have substantial production, ranging from 19.4 to 58.8 million pounds.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features

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