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100

Name the bird that is the main course of the tables in the U.S. every Thanksgiving that was once threatened with extinction.

Turkey

100

What day is the Thanksgiving holiday observed in the United States?

4th Thursday in November


In the U.S., Thanksgiving is celebrated on the Fourth Thursday in November. (Canadians observe Thanksgiving on the Second Monday in October.)

100

Turkeys can not fly. True or false?

True

100

What Native American was honored at the first Thanksgiving feast?

Squanto


Squanto helped the settlers survive in the New World by teaching them how to catch eel & grow corn, as well as serving as their native interpreter. Native American chiefs Massassoit & Samoset, along with 90 of their men also joined the celebration.

100

What is the day after Thanksgiving known as?

Black Friday


Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving begins the Christmas shopping season and is sometimes known as "Black Friday". One of the busiest shopping days of the year, "Black Friday" was so termed to mark it as the day retail businesses would make their profits for the year and be operating in the "black" and not the "red".

200

Which Sauce Is A Traditional Sauce For Thanksgiving Celebrations?

Cranberry sauce


Cranberry sauce is the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving meal, and it adds a touch of sweetness to the turkey that is inescapably delicious. Cranberry sauce is also full of healthy antioxidants.

200

In what year did the first U.S. Thanksgiving take place?

1621


The Pilgrims set apart a day to celebrate immediately after their first harvest in 1621.

200

Thanksgiving is the main reason for TV dinners. True or false?

True

200

What Motivated The Pilgrims To Come To America?

Religious freedom. 


For many settlers, North America was a scary, desolate land filled with danger and uncertainty. Because of this, most people only left their home nations because they had no choice.

200

What color are turkey eggs?

Tan


Turkey eggs are tan in color and speckled with brown. They are about twice as large as chicken eggs.

300

What food was present at the first Thanksgiving but is rarely eaten at Thanksgiving now?

Seafood

Because Plymouth Colony relied heavily on fishing there was plenty of seafood at the first Thanksgiving. In his journal titled Of Plymouth Plantation the leader of the Plymouth Colony William Bradford had this to say about the harvest before the first Thanksgiving: “For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion.”

300

Which state firstly adopted Thanksgiving as a national holiday?

New York

300

What is the official name for "Horn of Plenty"?

Cornucopia 

300

What Was The Name Of The Ship The Pilgrims Traveled On?

The Mayflower 


Today, the Mayflower is strongly linked with the history of the United States. Some of its passengers went on to found family lines that stretch forward in time to today’s most prominent celebrities.

300

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

October


Thanksgiving Day is an annual Canadian holiday, occurring on the second Monday in October.

400

What traditional eating utensil was NOT used at the first Thanksgiving? 

Fork


Pilgrims ate the first Thanksgiving meal with a knife, a spoon, and their fingers. The fork was introduced 10 years later by Governor Winthrop of Massachusetts, but didn't really catch on until the 18th century.

400

Which U. S. President set the date that we currently celebrate Thanksgiving?

President Franklin D. Roosevelt


On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. Two years earlier, Roosevelt had used a presidential proclamation to try to achieve this change, reasoning that earlier celebration of the holiday would give the country an economic boost.

400

What's the meaning of "Thanksgiving"?

Special blessings

400

What is the name of the famous rock where the Pilgrims first landed?

Plymouth Rock


Plymouth Rock is said to mark the spot where William Bradford and the pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony disembarked from the Mayflower. It is stamped with the date of their arrival in the new world, 1620.

400

What U.S. company sells the most turkeys for Thanksgiving?

Butterball


Butterball is the biggest processor of turkeys in the United States, according to the National Turkey Federation.

500

What type of meat was served at the first Thanksgiving?

Deer (venison)

There is no evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving, a three-day meal shared between the pilgrims and Wamponoag tribe in 1621, but Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow noted in his journal that the Wampanoag guests arrived with an offering of five deer.

500

What's the original name of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade?

Macy's Christmas Parade

500

Which founding father thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States?

Benjamin Franklin


In a letter to his daughter sent in 1784, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United States than the bald eagle (which had earlier been chosen by the Continental Congress). He argued that the turkey was "a much more respectable Bird," "a true original Native of America," and "though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage."

500

What tribe of Native Americans was invited to the first Thanksgiving?

Wampanoag Tribe


Today, about 3,000 Wampanoag Indians still live in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

500

What famous Christmas song was originally written for Thanksgiving?

Jingle Bells


"Jingle Bells" was originally composed for children to sing in a Boston Sunday School celebration. It was meant for the Thanksgiving season and had no connection to Christmas.

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