For most of us, the Thanksgiving holiday is spent with family and friends, enjoying good conversation, great food, and maybe even some decent football. But before you carve that turkey tomorrow, check out these fun Thanksgiving facts:
- Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor and author of the popular nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.
- The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2010.
- Three towns in the U.S. take their name from the traditional Thanksgiving bird: Turkey, TX (pop. 465); Turkey Creek, LA (pop. 363); and Turkey, NC (pop. 270).
- Originally known as Macy's Christmas Parade—to signify the launch of the Christmas shopping season—the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy's employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, some three million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television.
- The first time the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when they hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium in front of 26,000 fans. The NBC radio network broadcasted the game on 94 stations across the country--the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since then, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944); this year, they host the Green Bay Packers.
And once you’ve shared these interesting tidbits with those around your dinner table, don’t forget to tell them about Nux vomica. One of the most popular single homeopathic medicines, Nux relieves nausea, acid indigestion, hangovers, and most importantly, an upset stomach from overindulgence in food and drink. It also works when you feel a bit drowsy after a heavy meal like your Thanksgiving feast. Use our store finder to locate the nearest tube of Nux, as well as other Boiron homeopathic medicines, before the big day, and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!