One of America’s most beloved holidays is just around the corner. You’re probably daydreaming about digging into your mom’s beloved sweet potato pie as you read this, but there’s more to the holiday than eating everything in sight. Let’s remember what Turkey Day is all about, shall we?
- Thanksgiving is the ideal day to spend time and catch up with family members. Regardless of whether you see them every day or once a year, it gives you a good feeling to rekindle and bond with the people closest to you.
- Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  is a tradition in most households around the country, and this year’s festivities include some of our faves. Celebs Gone Good darlings Jessica Simpson , Victoria Justice , Keri Hilson  and Jimmy Fallon  will be in on the fun this year.
- If you want to feel like a superhero, there’s always the opportunity to save a turkey. Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey program  lets you sponsor a bird from their New York or California shelter. If you got the permission, you can even take one under your wing and keep them as a pet.
- Thanksgiving dinner isn’t completely gluttonous. Staples like cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, green beans and corn are packed with essential vitamins and minerals vital to your everyday life.
- ‘Tis the season to watch some football! Three games are being played on Thanksgiving, including the 2011 Super Bowl winners, the Green Bay Packers, going up against the Detroit Lions. This year, the NFL Play 60 is encouraging fans to get involved in their communities  and raise awareness about the obesity epidemic in youth.
- While the Pilgrims were busy celebrating the first Thanksgiving in 1621, Native Americans were mourning the loss of their lands and the destruction of their way of life. 
- Thanksgiving Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year at bars and clubs. It’s also the number one holiday for drunk-driving fatalities. 
- Your dinner table might look inviting, but your Turkey dinner isn’t very eco-friendly: 44 pounds of carbon emissions  are produced for a typical Thanksgiving feast for eight.
- If you don’t look out for yourself, you could overdo it on the eating. The typical American eats about 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during the day.
- Even if you wanted to stay up late for Black Friday sales at midnight, your body probably won’t let you. The excessive amount of food you eat on Thanksgiving makes your digestive system work overtime  – hence the “food coma” you might feel after dinnertime.
- For people with a phobia of clowns, watching the Parade might be a bit daunting; they’re EVERYWHERE.
- Aunt Myrtle is on the prowl for your cheeks. Beware – her acrylic nails are super-pointy this year, and that shade of purple lipstick clashes with your skin tone.
- If you overeat during dinner, you might be too sick to eat your mom’s sweet potato pie. That alone might be the biggest upset of the night.