People perform Thanksgiving-related searches near that holiday, so we see predictable spikes in query volume for such searches.
Thanks to the magic of Google Trends, this is the search volume for the top Thanksgiving-related searches since 2004 (click on the graphic to get a larger size):
This is how the search volume grew for those same search terms within the past 30 days:
And this screenshot shows the 100 most popular search terms today:
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