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By Philip Weaver
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

Thanksgiving; Family Food and Fun


Here are several little known fun facts about Thanksgiving.

  • TV dinners have Thanksgiving to thank. In 1953, Swanson misjudged the number of Thanksgiving turkeys it would sell at Thanksgiving by a small margin…26 tons! Someone came up with a plan to slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side. Thus, the first TV dinner was born.
  • Someone will be celebrating Thanksgiving in Turkey, Texas.
  • Gobble, gobble! Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.
  • The first Thanksgiving meal took three days to eat. Yes, three days!
  • The average person eats enough each Thanksgiving to gain 1.3 pounds.
  • There were no forks at the first Thanksgiving. People ate using knives, spoons, and their fingers.

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays of the year. Gathering with family, sharing a delicious meal, watching the Cowboys (in good times and bad), and being reminded to give thanks for all of the blessings in my life are all ingredients in a recipe for great memories.

With that said, traditions are sometimes altered due to changed circumstances and the natural progression of life. For some, the passage of time and loved ones may have changed the location of the celebration and the group being gathered with this year. For others, Thanksgiving may come and go like any other day without much fanfare and perhaps without a family gathering. Regardless of where you are in this season, one thing is certain, there’s always something to be thankful for. In fact, if you’re reading this post, you can be thankful for your vision and the means to own the device you’re using to access it. The air you’re breathing and life itself are great blessings!

I encourage you to reexamine your focus and be reminded of the simple blessings that are often overlooked. Take time during this season to give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

Philip Weaver

Philip has been a part of the First National Bank family since 2009. He currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, and Compliance Officer. He has over 25 years of banking experience having held various credit and operational positions in community banks and a larger regional bank. Aside from banking, he considers his faith, marriage, and adult children to be his greatest investment opportunity.
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