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Thanksgivng Traditions and How We Spend Our Time

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Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States and typically holds many family traditions. Unlike many US holidays which are spent outside of the home Thanksgiving is usually spent in the home with family. Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing. Even if family members live far away, they tend to gather for a reunion at the house of an older relative to share in this tradition of family and community. 117 million households across the nation and all are potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday.

Thanksgiving is a time of thanks, sharing, and good deeds and in this spirit of sharing; civic groups, churches, and other charitable organizations offer a traditional meal to those in need, particularly the homeless. On most tables throughout the United States, you will find turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and other “traditional” Thanksgiving foods. Noltensmeyer Insurance Services a Houston Texas Insurance Company also has an annual Thanksgiving Feast that allows time for it’s employees to break bread and share stories and personal family traditions.

Food by far is one of the biggest Houston Texas Thanksgiving traditions! Did you know 95 percent of Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving? 242 million turkeys are expected to be raised in the United States in 2010.

In 1954 C.A. Swanson & Sons introduced the first TV dinner, supposedly executive Gerald Thomas came up with the idea when the company had tons of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. The first TV dinner was roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, sweet potatoes and peas. It sold for 98 cents and came in an aluminum tray, so you could just open the box and heat the dinner in the oven. (No microwave ovens back then).   The idea for the aluminum trays came from the trays used by airlines. They were an immediate success, and Turkey dinners are still the most popular Swanson frozen dinner.

735 million pounds of cranberries are forecast to be produced in the US in 2010. Did you know that a can of Thanksgiving cranberry sauce takes approximately 200 cranberries to make and there are approximately 3,333 cranberries in one gallon of cranberry juice.

Houston Texas Insurance Company Noltensmeyer Insurance Services certainly knows that along with food come other traditions here in the Lone Star State like watching Thanksgiving Day parades both the Macy’s Day Parade and our local 61st Annual H-E-B Holiday Parade Downtown. The Houston parade began in 1949 with Santa arriving at Union Station and riding in his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s department store. Nowadays, the Texas grocer H-E-B sponsors the H-E-B Holiday Parade with support from the non-profit Houston Festival Foundation Inc.

Not interested in the parades? Well Texans certainly don’t think it’s Thanksgiving without a little football. Kid Rock will take the stage for the 2010 United Way Thanksgiving Halftime and Keith Urban will help kickoff the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign during the Dallas halftime. The 2010 match-ups include the Detroit Lions versus the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints versus the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets versus the Cincinnati Bengals. The NFL has been hosting games on Thanksgiving Day since 1920. The first game featured the Akron Pros defeating the Canton Bulldogs. The Detroit Lions made their first appearance on Thanksgiving Day in 1934 then hosted a Thanksgiving game every year since with the exception of six years from 1939 to 1944.

So whether your tradition is pulling the wishbone, spending time working with a local charity or church serving meals, watching football, watching parades, or cooking up a marvelous meal we here at Noltensmeyer Insurance Services in Houston Texas wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Want more information on the services we provide? Contact us we’ll be thrilled to have one of our agents chat with you about all your insurance needs and educate you about your options.

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