Everyone loves a rousing game of Thanksgiving trivia. After you stuff yourself silly with your Thanksgiving feast, why not pull out these trivia tidbits to share with your guests. Holiday trivia makes great entertainment!
Let’s talk turkey
- Puritans was the original name for the pilgrims
- Wishbone is the part of the turkey that is saved and snapped as a superstitious good luck custom
- The word turkey is said to come from the Hebrew word “Tukki” which means: Big Bird or Pheasant Bird
- 102 pilgrims were on the Mayflower
- The voyage from England to the New World took 66 days
- Of the original 102 pilgrims that came, approximately 50 survived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving
- Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up one week to help stimulate the Christmas shopping economy
- Of Plymouth Plantation is the name of the book that Governor William Bradford wrote telling of the troubles and experiences of the pilgrims
- Captain John Smith founded the colony of Jamestown in Virginia
- Longfellow was the poet who wrote “The Courtship of Miles Standish”
- The pilgrims took beer with them on their voyage; in fact John Alden was a cooper who made the barrels
- Butterball says that when making your turkey stuffing, you should have all the ingredients already cooked before you put it into the bird; it should be made right before stuffing the bird; not hours or days earlier.
- On December 11th every year the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrates Forefather’s Day, in honor of the people who founded Plymouth colony in 1769.
- The real Plymouth Rock is cracked during the revolutionary war.
- Indian corn is for decoration purposes only and not for cooking; it is very a very hard variety of corn.
- The first Macy’s Thanksgiving parade take place in 1924
- Butterball says the best place to put the meat thermometer in the turkey is the thigh
- The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was believed to have lasted three days
- Every year the President of the US pardons a turkey and it goes to a public farm called Frying Pan Park, in Herndon, VA. President Harry Truman in 1947 is believed to be the first to pardon a turkey and start this annual tradition
- Before being harvested and sold, an individual cranberry must bounce at least four inches high to make sure it isn’t too ripe
- The busiest travel day of the year is the Friday after Thanksgiving
- Felix the Cat was the first balloon in the 1927 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- The longest balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is, but of course Superman.
- The Greek Goddess of Corn is: Demeter
- The first department store to hold a Thanksgiving parade was Gimbel’s
- The Indians who were invited to the Thanksgiving feast were the Wampanoag tribe.
- Massasoit was their chief
- The pilgrims came over on the Mayflower and Christopher Jones was the captain
- Thanksgiving became a national holiday thanks to Sarah Hale who was an editor of a woman’s magazine called “The Godey’s Lady’s Book”. Hale wrote letters to Congress for years to establish Thanksgiving
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to establish Thanksgiving as a legal national holiday to be held the 4th Thursday in November
- The term “Cornucopia” means Horn of Plenty
- Back in the early 1600’s, the pilgrims didn’t forks to eat their Thanksgiving meal with because they had not been invented yet.
Hope you enjoyed these fun tidbits of Thanksgiving trivia. Share them with your friends and family to keep the stories of Thanksgivings past alive.