We are about to embark upon a family-filled, warm, and fuzzy holiday weekend here at the Jersey Shore. And we are about to eat a lot, travel a lot, shop a lot, and embrace Thanksgiving weekend 2021.

So let's take a look at some of the jaw-dropping numbers associated with this weekend, and let's get started with the one number we always focus on for this holiday. Those darn calories.

I did some research, and a little tweaking to what I found to come up with what I think is a far calorie count for the full Thanksgiving experience, and I came up with a total of 2900 calories per person. If that's even close to true, and I really think it is, that means, based on population, the Garden State could consume 25,757,800,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day, and yes that's with a "B". No wonder there's beach erosion. You might consider buying elastic waistband stock.

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Let's talk about shopping. If everyone in the Garden State is lucky enough to get two Christmas gifts this year, that means there are 17,764,000 gifts waiting to be purchased in New Jersey. And much of those will be purchased this weekend. Millions of New Jersey shoppers plan on shopping this weekend. Please remember to buy local...and buy a lot! (You're welcome local business owners).

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And then there's the traffic. There's always the traffic. But this weekend the traffic is super-sized. But in so many ways, the traffic shouldn't bother us this year. After all, at least we're going somewhere. But since we're talking numbers, AAA says 48,300,000 travelers will get behind the wheel and drive somewhere this weekend. No word on if all of them, or just most of them, will be in front of you on the Parkway.

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So, there you go. Thanksgiving 2021 by the numbers. But Thanksgiving isn't about the numbers. It's about family. It's about friends. And it's about renewing gym memberships. It is what it is.

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