Nugget of Knowledge: Thanksgiving facts

The first Thanksgiving meal didn't feature turkey, rather diners likely ate geese, eel and oysters

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The first Thanksgiving dinner was in 1621, but it was not declared a holiday until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it as a national holiday.

There was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, diners likely ate deer, duck, oysters, geese, eel and fish, historians say.

Now, turkey is the staple of a Thanksgiving meal. About 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving.

About 80 million pounds of cranberry are eaten on Thanksgiving weekend.

The average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving day — more than double the recommended calories for the day.

Those extra calories can have some serious consequences. Within two hours of eating a Thanksgiving meal, there is a 400 percent increase in the chance of a heart attack

The average cost this year for a Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $49.87.

Three million line the streets to watch the popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and 50 million people watch on TV.