4 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving to Impress the Passengers In Your New 2016 Ford Focus – Los Angeles, CA

The 2016 Ford Focus is one of my favorite compact cars, and the Focus starting MSRP of $17,225, one of the most affordable as well. What really has me sold on it is the 42 highway MPG on the Ford Focus, especially here in commute-heavy Los Angeles!

But you know what happens when you have such a good looking, gas-sipping vehicle, right? You become the default driver for a myriad of family functions. With seating for five, you’re in for a lot of small talk depending on how far it is to get to the in-laws for turkey day!

I stopped in to chat with the socially savvy team at my Los Angeles area Ford dealer, Chino Hills Ford, to get some ideas for the upcoming two-hour car ride! They gave me a whole list of fun facts about Thanksgiving that I’d never heard before, and which I believe will make for some interesting discussion as you drive along in your 2016 Ford Focus in Chino:

TV Dinners

The company Swanson, which began as a small farm-based company specializing in buying eggs and cream, had purchased 26 tons of turkey to re-sell for Thanksgiving, and had so much stock leftover that they decided to make frozen meals out of all that leftover turkey. Thus, TV dinners were officially born in 1949!

Mary Had a Little Holiday

Did you ever wonder how Thanksgiving became a Federal Holiday? The author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Sarah Josepha Hale, pestered President Lincoln about it so much that it became a reality!

Ben Franklin Was Mean to Eagles

Ben Franklin loved turkeys so much that he felt they should be our national bird! He felt the turkey was a “much more respectable bird” than the eagle, which he felt had a “bad moral character.” Can you just imagine how hard it would be to make an Air Force commercial with a turkey instead of an eagle!? (Editor’s note: Or see a turkey attempting to fly during an Air Force Academy Falcons football game!?)

The Feast Looked Different

When the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated, there were no mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies or cranberry sauce! Instead, the table had lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs and goat cheese. A 2016 Ford Focus hatchback or sedan was likely not used to transport this feast, either, but it would’ve been handy with all of its cargo room!


Hopefully, these fun Thanksgiving facts will make that drive with the relatives in your 2016 Ford Focus a bit easier to endure! If you’ve been looking for a new Ford, stop by Chino Hills Ford today and see what kind of Ford Friends and Neighbors specials and Ford AXZ incentives they have happening this holiday season. Their wallet-friendly Ford financing options will help you find the best rates for your car, and the seriously talented Ford Quick Lane of Chino Hills team can talk turkey about anything maintenance-related!