Thanksgiving Trivia for You and Your Guests

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Thanksgiving | 20 comments

Do you know the most disliked traditional Thanksgiving dishes? While many of you are busy shopping, cooking, and cleaning, I thought I’d share some Thanksgiving trivia and scriptures on giving thanks. Maybe it will be a good conversation starter around your table this year. You can use the list to create your own true or false trivia game. They are all true as far as I know.

Thanksgiving Trivia: Did you know?

  • Pumpkin pies were not eaten at the first Thanksgiving.
  • The first Thanksgiving meal in 1621 probably consisted of lobster, onions, leeks, goat cheese and fish.
  • Modern Thanksgiving meals usually include turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
  • The skin on a turkey’s head changes colors with his emotions—like a mood ring.
  • Because a turkey’s eyes are on the side of his head, he can see 360 degrees by turning his head.
  • According to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Marilyn Monroe, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon and Taylor Swift are all descendants of passengers or crew on the Mayflower.
  • American Indians used turkey feathers to stabilize arrows.
  • The Pilgrims used spoons, not forks, to eat the first Thanksgiving meal.
  • Cranberry sauce followed by turkey and green bean casserole are the most disliked traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

Giving Thanks All the Time

And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephes. 5:20 NLT).

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17 NIV).

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes. 5:18 NIV).

Larry and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for you!

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  1. Ann Musico

    I am sincerely thankful for you, Debbie, and all you share here and all you and Larry do. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

    • Debbie Wilson

      I feel that way about you, Ann. May you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    • Barbara Latta

      Thanks for sharing these fun facts. I can see where this information could make a cute game after Thanksgiving dinner.

      • Debbie Wilson

        Barbara, I had fun searching for different facts. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  2. JD Wininger

    Always enjoy Ms. Debbie, even your lighthearted posts. I would’ve added oyster dressing to list though. 🙂 So grateful for all your friendship and encouragement my friend. God’s blessings to you and Mr. Larry and your family.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Would you add oyster dressing to the list of most desired or undesired foods? LOL It would make both lists within my extended family! JD, I’m thankful to know you through our internet community. Hope we can meet in person one of these days. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ms. Diane.

  3. Melissa Henderson

    Thank you Debbie. I learned some new facts. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. 🙂

    • Debbie Wilson

      Melissa, I had fun researching this. There are so many more. I hope you and your family have a most blessed Thanksgiving!

  4. Ann B Johnson

    Thanksgiving verses as well as the trivia are greatly appreiated! I intend to use the trivia for after our Thanksgiving meal with our guests, if they can stay awake!

    Thanks for all you and Larry do for the Kingdom. Love you both very much.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Ann. Larry and I were just wondering how you and Sam are doing. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  5. Jeannie Waters

    Debbie, what an interesting and fun read. I had not heard many of these. Enjoy a Thanksgiving filled with blessings.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Jeannie. You too!

  6. Annie Yorty

    Fun post–bring on the lobster! Happy Thanksgiving, Debbie!

    • Debbie Wilson

      LOL! I hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving, Annie.

  7. Alan F. Gunn

    Funny… the “three most disliked” dishes for Thanksgiving are my favorites!? We only had them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Growing up we had to eat what was set before us (or go hungry) without complaining or asking for something else. If it was not on the table… do not ask for it! Consequently, I can eat almost anything… except pickled beets! Still cannot do them!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Alan, in my family oyster dressing was the least liked and most liked dish! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. Katherine Pasour

    Very interesting! Evidently I’m not with the crowd because I love cranberry sauce (it really adds just the right accent to turkey, dressing, and gravy) and green bean casserole. My sister makes an awesome green bean casserole. Thanks for sharing a smile. I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with joy and blessing.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Katherine, they are traditions for a reason. My daughter makes homemade cranberry sauce, and it is her and my son’t favorite. My husband wants collards instead of green beans. 🙂

  9. Yvonne Morgan

    This was so cool. I wish I had read it sooner. Thanks for this wonderful message

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Yvonne. Enjoy your holiday weekend.

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