Thanksgiving Day Trivia: Interesting Facts That You Should Know!

There are facts and myths galore about our holidays, including Thanksgiving. These are probably not questions or facts you should lose sleep over, but you may find them both interesting and helpful if you have a Turkey Day trivia conversation!

So here we go!

How much money do Americans spend on turkey every year?

It's estimated that about 230 million turkeys are processed each year in America. Minnesota wins the prize (not really) for turkey slaughter, with more than 40 million turkeys killed each year. Americans spend around $6.5 billion on turkeys annually. 

Those are some big numbers, but they are nowhere near the number of chickens slaughtered in the U.S. each year. More than 9 billion chickens were slaughtered in 2019. Chicken is far more popular as many families only have turkey on Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas but eat chicken frequently year-round.

Which day in America has the most home fires?

Were you thinking Christmas? Nope! Its Thanksgiving! According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 3X as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving.

How much are people willing to spend on Thanksgiving dinner?

Some people struggle to afford a big Thanksgiving dinner. With Christmas not very far away, some families limit their spending on Thanksgiving. But a few wealthy folks spend almost $200k on Thanksgiving dinner.

How much will it cost to be a part of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

A lot! If you need to buy a balloon, it will cost about $200,000. Besides, admission to the parade will cost you $90,000.

How many people plan on Holiday travel this year?

75% of young adults plan on traveling this year, and most plan to do so by car. There has been a significant increase in "virtual" visits, which are far more common now due to technology and COVID-19 restrictions.

How did Black Friday begin?

Thanksgiving has long been associated with the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Although some sales start even earlier now, the beginnings were economically driven. Thanksgiving used to be celebrated on the last day of November until 1939. With the economy still struggling to get out of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided to move Thanksgiving to the 4th Thursday of November to have more time for all of us to spend on our holiday gifts and spur the economy. 

Since then, the day after Thanksgiving has been known as Black Friday and has become more hectic as people are drawn to incredible sales events. But the real trend is virtual — Cyber Monday follows the holiday, and online sales are now more than half of all holiday sales each year.

Are cranberries a delicacy? How much do they cost?

Almost 30% of Americans eat cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving. Cranberries are sold in barrels, with each barrel costing about $30.

What's the deal with Thanksgiving and football?

The Dallas Cowboys have created a new tradition of their own which is to play football on Thanksgiving. 

Well, that's eight trivia questions answered for your holiday season or Thanksgiving party. Good luck and good eats!

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