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Thanksgiving 2013-How The Average American Celebrates Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2013  is creeping closer, although sometimes it’s feels like it gets lost between Halloween and Christmas.  For Americans, Thanksgiving is all about the food.  See how your Thanksgiving compares to how the average American celebrates Thanksgiving.  While doing some grocery shopping over the weekend, I picked up the November issue of Food Network’s magazine and not surprisingly the focus was on Thanksgiving.  Here’s a fun look at Thanksgiving by the numbers from the Food Network:

Thanksgiving 2013-how the average American celebrates Thanksgiving.

The average number of dishes served with the turkey?  Seven.  Sounds about right to me.

Hands down, roasted turkey is the preferred choice, chosen by 91%.  Me too.

How do we eat our Thanksgiving meal?  58% eat family style at the table, 42% eat buffet style.  Either way is fine with me!

Favorite pie for the Thanksgiving feast?  Pumpkin, chosen by 53%.  25% picked apple pie and my personal favorite, pecan pie, was favored by 22%.  Homemade pecan pie with homemade whipped cream is the best.

Thanksgiving 2013-how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.
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What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?  Stuffing was the big winner.  That’s my fave too.

Light meat or dark?  I’m with the 66% who prefer light meat.

Dinner will be served  at 4pm.  That’s what time most Americans will eat their Thanksgiving meal.

Average number of guests at the Thanksgiving table?  12

72% serve their mashed potatoes without lumps.

Do you eat with the TV on?  I don’t but 31% do.

How about those leftovers?  35% eat them just the way they are but 53% make a sandwich or something else with the leftovers.

Thanksgiving 2013-how Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

Hungry after reading all that?  Bring on the food!

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