Thanksgiving by the numbers

Story highlights

  • How many pounds of turkey will you cook this Thanksgiving?
  • It took 36 years to make Thanksgiving a national holiday
  • Almost 80% look forward to the leftovers more than the main meal

(CNN)2 -- The ranking of Thanksgiving on the list of America's favorite holidays. Christmas is No. 1.

2 -- The maximum number of days the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests keeping a fresh turkey before cooking it.
2.5 -- The number in miles of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade available for public viewing.