Test Your Turkey Day Knowledge!
1. The first Thanksgiving was held in autumn of…
2. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday after being convinced by Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote the classic song…
a. Yankee Doodle
b. Mary Had a Little Lamb
c. America the Beautiful
d. Over the River and Through the Woods
3. True or False: Thanksgiving was almost a fast – not a feast.
4. In 2009, President Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey, named Courage, who was then honored to serve as Grand Marshal of the Thanksgiving Parade at this famous location…
a. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
b. Thanksgiving Day Parade in Walt Disney World, FL
c. Thanksgiving Day Parade in Disneyland, CA
d. America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth, MA
5. Why is Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November?
a. That was when the first Thanksgiving was held
b. That’s when it was celebrated before becoming a national holiday
c. So that it would align with Thursday night football
d. To keep it at least a month before Christmas – for shopping!
6. Which two NFL teams host games on Thanksgiving day?
a. Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys
b. Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears
c. Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots
d. Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers
7. True or False: Americans eat 30 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
1. d. 1621 – The first Thanksgiving included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted for three days (and no turkeys were served at the feast!). Many historians believe that only five women were present at the feast as many of the first women settlers didn’t survive the difficult first year in the U.S.
2. b. Mary Had a Little Lamb – Sarah wrote letters for 17 years campaigning for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday.
3. True – The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which was the original plan for the first Thanksgiving, but once the Wampanoag Indians joined them it turned into a feast! Lucky us!
4. c. Thanksgiving Day Parade in Disneyland, CA – The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947.
5. b. That’s when it was celebrated before becoming a national holiday – Since President George Washington’s time, Thanksgiving was usually celebrated on a Thursday, so once President Lincoln declared it a national holiday it was solidified as the last/fourth Thursday of November. In 1939, President Roosevelt moved it a week earlier hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression era, but it never caught on and was changed back two years later.
6. a. Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys – The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920 and since then these two teams have hosted games on Thanksgiving Day. In 2006, a third game was added with no fixed hosts.
7. False – We eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving! And scientists have ruled out turkey as causing that Thanksgiving-coma. It’s most likely due to the high-calorie meal and relaxing after a busy work week.
Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!
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