Thanksgiving is America’s second favorite holiday after Christmas (which is most people's favorite holiday). According to AAA, 48.7 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home to celebrate this holiday with family and friends. The number of people traveling this year is the highest since 2007. There are some interesting numbers associated with Thanksgiving that might make for good conversations around the dinner table. For instance, most people don't know that the first Thanksgiving in 1621 was a three-day feast.

About turkeys

The main dish for Thanksgiving is Turkey along with all the fixings. About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving dinner. The American Farm Bureau shares that the average 16-pound turkey costs about $22.74. The good news is that this size turkey will feed ten peope. However, the other dishes around the table put the entire dinner at $49.87. This is a 24-cent decrease from last year's Thanksgiving's dinner. Remember, it takes about five days to thaw that 16-pound turkey, so don't wait until the last minute to begin the process.

The average American will consume at least 4,500 calories including 229 grams of fat while at the dinner table. If you think that's a lot of calories and fat, then you are right. Actually, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion estimates that's over twice the recommended calorie and fat intake for an entire day. Leading up to Thanksgiving, more than 100,000 questions about cooking turkeys are asked at Butterball's Turkey Talk-Line.

Don't worrry. There are at least 50 experts on call to help you.

Parade, football, and shopping

About 50 million people are estimated to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. While some will see the parade from the comfort of their own homes, 3.5 million spectators will watch the parade in the open air from the streets in New York. Also, after eating, some people will gather around their television sets to watch their favorite football team.

About 151 million people will shop as soon as dinner is over -- either at shopping malls or online. Last year about $4.45 billion was spent online during the Thanksgiving weekend.

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