Thanksgiving traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping season. To begin the celebration, let’s see how well you know the holiday with a short quiz (answers below):
- While Christmas is always December 25, where can Thanksgiving be found on the calendar?
- True or false. The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced back to the 1600s?
- Who sings the Thanksgiving Song?
- Which President declared Thanksgiving a national holiday?
- The National Foot League features three games on Thanksgiving day. The Detroit Lions are one of two teams on the schedule each year. Name the other team.
- How much turkey do Americans eat on Thanksgiving?
A) 50 million pounds
B) 250 million pounds
C) More than 750 million pounds
- What is the name of the parade that takes place that day? Bonus points if you know its original name.
- Each year, the President of the United States pardons a turkey. Who started that tradition?
- When the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line opened in 1981, six people responded to 11,000 calls. How many will the call center answer this year?
- Which state produces the most cranberries? Hint: it also leads the nation in production of cheese.
- Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November.
- True. The Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in 1621. According to sources, it included 50 people who traveled on the Mayflower and 90 Native Americans.
- Adam Sandler sings the Thanksgiving Song.
- President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving in 1863.
- The Dallas Cowboys join the Detroit Lions as NFL regulars on Thanksgiving Day.
- According to the National Turkey Federation, approximately 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States during Thanksgiving in 2012.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was originally the Macy’s Christmas Parade.
- The origins of the Presidential Turkey Pardon are somewhat fuzzy, but Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy are both believed to have spared a turkey. The first official “pardon” was issued by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Give yourself a point if you named any of these leaders.
- More than 50 experts on the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line will respond to 100,000 calls this year.
- Wisconsin holds the title of largest producer of cranberries, followed by Massachusetts.
1- 4 You’re at the kids table
5 – 8 You’ve earned an extra serving
9 – 10 The drumstick is yours!