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Thanksgiving in Five Senses

A tiring time?
Thanksgiving is upon us.
Most of us are familiar with the annual holiday in autumn, where loved ones travel great distances to gather with family. Most of us are also familiar with the complete exhaustion we experience during and after the event.
Have you ever wondered why it is such a tiring time, why your senses are so bombarded and numbed during the festivities?
Five reasons for sensory overload
Here are five unusual reasons why your senses are overloaded during the Thanksgiving Holidays.
Touch
We all know the Thanksgiving story.

In 1621, early pilgrims gathered for a three-day prayer and fast session to give thanks for the harvest and the year's blessings when the Wampanoag Indians gate-crashed the occasion.

The prayer and fast morphed into a celebratory feast, a tradition that has remained unchanged for 400 years. All enjoyed food, alcohol, and game-playing, no-one really understood each other, and the few women that survived the year did most of the work.

As mentioned before, nothing has changed much!

The most important thing that happened at the inaugural event is that the Pilgrims and Indians connected in a meaningful way.

They got in touch with each other. To this day, we still connect and get in touch with the people close to us during Thanksgiving. And yes, it can be a bit tiring, especially because family is involved!

Taste
Turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
Thanksgiving is an absolute feast for the taste buds, but consider this: The average American consumes more than 220g of fat during this vast meal. It is about three times more fat that one individual should consume in one sitting. No wonder we feel a bit bloated afterward!
Smell
Here is an unpleasant but also unusual fact about Thanksgiving.
Because we consume so much, and probably because so many people congregate at Granma’s