Sometimes it pays to pay attention.
Yesterday we had our Thanksgiving celebration at work. It included a team trivia project where we had to answer questions about Thanksgiving.
Guess whose mama remembered that the first Thanksgiving Day Parade was in 1924 (yep, pulled that out of nowhere).
And remembered that the Pilgrims were originally called Puritans (got that reading London after you had to read it for school).
But completely missed the name of the captain of the Mayflower. (Go ahead, I’ll give you time to think about it.)
And had absolutely no idea that the Wampanoag were the Indians who attended the first Thanksgiving. But completely redeemed herself by knowing that only five of the Puritan women survived to the first Thanksgiving and that the first feast lasted three days.
My teammates came up with a raft of useful answers like President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday and Roosevelt moved it up a week to extend the holiday shopping season. (Which doesn’t matter too much anymore since the holiday shopping season now begins before Halloween.)
Surprisingly, the questionnaire did not even touch on the question of turkey tryouts (which you might want to read because I thought it was set to publish on time yesterday, but instead it went live last night so I’m not sure if you got around to reading it).
Happy Day Before Turkey Day!
Christopher Jones was captain of the Mayflower.