Thanksgiving: The Reason for the Season [INFOGRAPHIC]

SodaHead Infographics 2012/11/16 23:42:05
Ah, Thanksgiving. A day for family, friends, and oh yes... FOOD! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, gravy... We have to stop there, we're starting to drool. And after that fantastic feast, the brave line up outside of their favorite retailers, bellies full, and wait all night for that big screen TV. It truly is a wondrous season!

We polled more than 1,000 people on their favorite things about Turkey Day -- including their favorite foods and favorite desserts -- then got their thoughts on Black Friday. Check out how people responded in the infographic below. Oh, and try not to get any drool on your keyboard.

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  • glj 2013/01/19 00:52:23
    Thanksgiving order of events 1) cooking, 2) food, 3) football, 4) family. NO SHOPPING.
  • Mary Mary 2013/01/11 10:48:47
    Mary Mary
    OMG don't you ever eat a salad
  • Todd Parsons 2013/01/04 17:24:48
    Todd Parsons
    I'm surprised that many men go out for black Friday shopping..... Remember when America actually had genders?
  • rbeas 2012/12/06 12:52:46
    What did that say?
  • the fuze 2012/11/27 12:44:58
    the fuze
    Being thankful that I can provide for my family and still give my time & resources to those in need.
  • Mark 2012/11/26 12:21:37
  • i quit 2012/11/24 15:53:20
    i quit
    For me it's about giving thanks for what I currently have and wishing that my good fortune continues.
  • Cheryl 2012/11/22 19:44:13
  • ishiqa2426 Cheryl 2012/11/24 06:33:03
    Ur a lesbian? o.o
  • MadMax Cheryl 2012/11/25 14:03:31
    I find your sentience, questionable.
  • cancled 2012/11/22 13:19:48
    happy greed day

    In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving as a federal holiday in the U.S. to praise our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

    The event that some Americans commonly call the "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, and was attended by 53 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.

    Since then we stole America from those Native Americans that shared their bounty with us, and Thanksgiving has ever since been more for greed of stuff and self , than family.

    Americans were accustomed to regularly celebrating "thanksgivings"—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.

    Today we are thankful for what thanksgiving can give us, financially, not family.

    I just want my family to know that is not the case with myself, I still remember the true meaning of what Thanksgiving means, and it means remembering what this life is all for, and that's not "Stuff", it's people........................ Family!
  • Deludo cancled 2012/11/27 21:13:21
    You mean the 90 native americans who showed up uninvited? The settlers decided to let them partake in the feasting. All the native americans brought were a few deer.
  • cancled Deludo 2012/11/28 12:36:16
    I guess you don't know your history, or have been told history by a bigot!
    The native Americans that came to the celebration brought "Fish, Salmon and Halibut to be exact. There was more Salmon consumed at the first thanksgiving then there was turkey, that's a fact my friend.
    One would think Salmon would be the traditional thanksgiving dinner, and not turkey, but since our first settlers were such lousy fishermen, and they had shot guns, they could kill wild birds better than fish so turkey was the choice.
    Most Native Americans still eat Salmon on thanksgiving, and they really don't celebrate thanksgiving the way other Americans do, because thanksgiving was the beginning of the end for the Native Americans who were here first. It was the beginning of the killing of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans by settlers who wanted the land for themselves and thought of Native Americans as half animal so they wouldn't know the difference of the genocide of a race of peaceful people.
    The Native Americans did more to help the new settlers to America than most would ever imagine, then they were stabbed in the back by our puritan logic that they were just heathens and did not matter in the big picture!
    You should be god damned grateful to the Native Americans for being a trusting and simple people to the settlers who tricked them out of their roots............... otherwise you might not be here if they were the real savages you were told about!
  • james2013 cancled 2013/01/31 05:09:36 (edited)
  • cancled james2013 2013/01/31 14:17:42 (edited)
    Back then they weren't called shotguns, they were called a "Blunderbuss" and they were a muzzle-loading firearm with a short, large caliber barrel, which is flared at the muzzle and frequently throughout the entire bore, and used with shot and other projectiles loaded in the barrel.
    The blunderbuss was an early form of shotgun or muzzleloader, and they made them in pistol form too!

    No one can be held accountable, that's how the system works. That's why things are covered up for 75 years in the name of national security, so by the time we find out things we did back when, no one is accountable.
    In another 75 years we will find out how Americans were manipulated into going to war with the middle east in a covert operation with our government and industry to achieve global commerce to make money!
    But right now everyone thinks nothing corrupt was done. and by the time we find out................. no one will care because no one involved will still be alive, Lol.
    That's how it works my friend!

    blunderbuss shotgun rifle blunderbuss shotgun pistol
  • james2013 cancled 2013/02/01 02:51:19
    I stand corrected. Thank you.
  • cancled james2013 2013/02/01 06:15:49
    I think the Blunderbuss back then was more dangerous then today's assault rifles, as they would fill the Blunderbuss with rocks and other debris from the ground. And I have read stories of people only getting nicked with a flesh wound just breaking the skin and getting infected and dying days later from the debris that scratched the skin, like old rusty iron bits that were used as part of the shot.
    Myself, I would rather go quickly then to suffer in pain and agony over several days.
    Those weapons were crude, but effective devices that sometimes would blow up in the hands of the shooter.
  • jas wats cancled 2012/12/05 13:25:55
    jas wats
    Yeah, you still remember what it means, as you bash Americans for something that happened centuries ago, but YOU know exactly what happened, right?
  • cancled jas wats 2012/12/05 15:00:22
    Indeed, and that's why I bash.
  • I NEED A HORSE 2012/11/21 22:48:46
  • ♩♪♥Victoria♥♪♫ 2012/11/21 16:15:58
    Cool :)
  • Debra Smith 2012/11/21 12:33:05
  • ♩♪♥Vict... Debra S... 2012/11/21 16:16:24
    I Know Right?
  • CAPISCE 2012/11/20 21:38:30 (edited)
    Getting warmed up for Christmas
    merry christmas three wise men
  • deborah sletten 2012/11/20 21:10:36
    deborah sletten
    There's not many of us left, mother, myself, daughter and shirtail cousin Gwen. We're down to just a turkey breast and a ham steak with trimmings and there are still leftovers. The men folk have all passed away. We are greatfull that we don't have to wear a vail every goddamn day.
  • mae deborah... 2012/11/26 04:46:16
  • cinbadl 2012/11/20 19:59:20
  • Mark5610 2012/11/20 18:13:38
    Be thankful for what you have and to be with family at home.
  • Elisha 2012/11/20 13:44:50
  • Todd Parsons 2012/11/19 21:48:08
    Todd Parsons
    We really should change the day to a Friday though.... Black Friday doesn't matter anymore since stores are starting on Thanksgiving day Anyway.
  • Windy Todd Pa... 2012/11/22 16:17:16
    I won't shop on Thanksgiving, because if I am shopping that means someone else has to work instead of being home with family.
  • JustMe 2012/11/19 21:39:15
  • keeper 2012/11/19 21:15:31
  • n-person 2012/11/19 21:12:55
    We are celebrating injuns
  • Gregaj7 2012/11/19 20:55:30
    The "reason" for what "season"?
  • cinbadl Gregaj7 2012/11/20 20:01:31
  • Gregaj7 cinbadl 2012/11/20 21:16:28
    If you insist.
  • Kozmo, ... cinbadl 2012/11/21 20:02:35
    Kozmo, Kostable of the Kustodian
    Actually, we've just passed Samhain, the Pagan halfway point between the southward equinox & the solstice australis. http://www.archaeoastronomy.c...
    The 'cross-quarter' days are noted for being stressfull times
    Wheel of the Year
  • JustBeingAtPeace 2012/11/19 20:48:15
    Rawrsome :-)
  • Tara 2012/11/19 19:13:17
    Where's hunting in that list of favorite things to do over Thanksgiving? Not on Thanksgiving day itself, but I love getting in that last minute hike through the woods before the season ends.

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