As the holiday season approaches, most of us have expectations – and concerns – of the coming days. Many of us will get misty eyed thinking of the smooth, sweet and slightly spicy flavor of our first pumpkin pie of the year. Some of us will lean toward a more robust taste, and look forward to a plate heaping with turkey, dressing, gravy, varied types of potatoes, and homemade rolls.

And almost all of us will be surrounded by families and friends. As a respite from hours of lopsided football, and an opportunity to avoid clean-up (to all men; the excuse we’ve been using for years about turkey making us sleepy and the effects of L-tryptophan have on men – just don’t fly anymore), we at TravelPlex would like to offer another opportunity to fill time with some fun – holiday trivia!

Below are a few trivia questions that will surely impress even the smartest relative or friend. Enjoy, and may the competition begin – even if you ARE sleepy!

HOLIDAY TRIVIA
(Answers are listed at the bottom of this post)

The Greek Goddess of Corn is:
(a) Demeter
(b) Cornucopia
(c) Ceres
(d) Grainophillia


 
The first department store to hold a Thanksgiving parade was:
(a) Montgomery Wards
(b) J.C. Penney's
(c) Gimbel's
(d) Macy's
(e) None of the above.
 
Butterball says that once the turkey is done, you should let it stand for 15 minutes before serving because:
(a) So you don't burn your tongue when you eat it.
(b) It's easier to carve
(c) To let the aroma go through the house.
(d) To let the stuffing cool a bit before you take it out.
 
Who was the captain of the Mayflower?







 
Thanksgiving became a national holiday thanks to this woman who was an editor of a woman's magazine called "The Godey's Lady's Book":
(a) Sarah Hale
(b) Sarah Parker
(c) Sarah Bradford
(d) Sarah Standish
 
In Canada, they celebrate Thanksgiving in what month?
(a) November
(b) October
(c) September
(d) They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving


 
Which President moved Thanksgiving up one week to help stimulate the Christmas shopping economy?
(a) Theodore Roosevelt
(b) John Kennedy
(c) Franklin D. Roosevelt
(d) Dwight D. Eisenhower
(e) None of the above. It was never changed.
 
The town of Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrates this on December 11 every year:
(a) Miles Standish's Birthday
(b) Forefather's Day
(c) Priscilla Alden's birthday
(d) William Bradford's death.


 
In what year did the first Macy's Thanksgiving parade take place?
(a) 1898
(b) 1914
(c) 1924
(d) 1931



 
WHY is the male turkey often referred to as "Tom Turkey?"
(a) Because it's more politically correct than using the word cock for male. (Hen is a female turkey btw)
(b) After Thomas Jefferson
(c) Because Indians would catch them by pounding on tom-tom drums and lure them into traps
(d) From an 18th century political cartoon

 

TRIVIA ANSWERS

The Greek Goddess of Corn is:
(a) Demeter

The first department store to hold a Thanksgiving parade was:
(c) Gimbel's

Butterball says that once the turkey is done, you should let it stand for 15 minutes before serving because:
(d) To let the stuffing cool a bit before you take it out.

Who was the captain of the Mayflower?

Christopher Jones

Thanksgiving became a national holiday thanks to this woman who was an editor of a woman's magazine called "The Godey's Lady's Book":
(a) Sarah Hale

In Canada, they celebrate Thanksgiving in what month?
(b) October

Which President moved Thanksgiving up one week to help stimulate the Christmas shopping economy?
(c) Franklin D. Roosevelt

The town of Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrates this on December 11 every year:
(b) Forefather's Day

In what year did the first Macy's Thanksgiving parade take place?
(c) 1924

WHY is the male turkey often referred to as "Tom Turkey?"
(b) After Thomas Jefferson

EXTRA CREDIT – TIE BREAKER

By the 19th century, celebrating Thanksgiving is said to have been the origin of what following table tradition?
(a) Having a kiddies' table for the children to eat at