History teaches us that the first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 to celebrate a successful harvest. President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving in 1863. Although a lot of things have changed, the holiday continues as celebrating friends, family, and food. One thing is for sure: Thanksgiving is all about Tradition!
People travel all over the country to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones.
Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year.
Television has become a big part of Thanksgiving.
Many families sit down to watch New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The giant floats, songs, performances, and marching bands remain an excellent way to greet the holiday season.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was first held in 1924.
Later in the day, there are football games to watch.
Spending Time With Family
After the bustle of meal preparation and the meal itself, it’s time to relax with family and friends.
Some enjoy watching television.
Other families sit down and play board or video games together.
Still, others take a walk outside or play touch football or soccer.
Does your family have any special activities you like to do together?
A Day To Help
Thanksgiving has evolved into a holiday of helpfulness.
Many people use this as a day to volunteer to serve food as homeless shelters.
For those that can’t volunteer, many people donate food to organized grocery drives.
It’s tradition that each Thanksgiving, the President of the United States traditionally “pardons” the turkey at a ceremony.
The turkey is allowed to live out the rest of his life on a farm.
Is breaking the wishbone part of your family tradition?
After the meat has been removed and the wishbone dries out, two people take each end.
They each make a wish and pull.
Whoever ends up with the largest part gets their wish!
Whether families choose a traditional meal with meat or a vegetarian feast, Thanksgiving is all about eating.
Families who prefer to skip the turkey may have squash, salads, fruits, and an array of vegetable dishes.
For meat eaters, there’s turkey, stuffing, various vegetables, and salads.
What traditional foods does your family make every Thanksgiving?