How we celebrate Thanksgiving in 7 charts
Thanksgiving is a cherished American holiday for a number of reasons. It's a time for friends and family to reunite and reflect on the people that matter most. The savory meal of oven-roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, crushed cranberry sauce and pie is something many people look forward to for months.
However, eclipsing both these traditions more so each year is a ritual characterized by around-the-block lines, frenzied shoppers and booming revenue for retailers: Black Friday.
REI took a major stance this year, sparing its workers of holiday hours at the potential cost of its bottom line. Contrast REI's decision to that of Best Buy, which plans to open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Ultimately, the National Retail Federation reports that 140 million shoppers are expected to take advantage of Thanksgiving-weekend deals online or in stores, and 86.9 million shoppers frequented stores on Black Friday last year.
With both the traditional Thanksgiving experience and this retail blitz competing to dominate the holiday, FindTheData wanted to look at everything from turkey consumption to total Black Friday sales to see the facts surrounding how we celebrate Thanksgiving.
More than 230 million turkeys are produced annually.
While these injuries aren't reflective of just Thanksgiving weekend, it's an interesting illustration for an activity known to get a little bit threatening. Here's hoping your shopping experience for the perfect gift remains void of brawls or shopping cart faux pas.
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