“Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce – ah, it’s that time of year again. The season when we gather ’round with family and friends to give thanks for our blessings. Yes, indeed! It’s Thanksgiving in America!
History of Thanksgiving
Let’s start by taking a trip down memory lane to where it all began. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving back in 1621. They had sailed from England on board the Mayflower and landed at what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts.
> **Fun Fact:** The voyage took 66 days!
After surviving a harsh winter and achieving their first successful corn harvest (thanks to help from Native Americans), they celebrated their success with a large feast that included turkey and other game birds brought by Wampanoag Chief Massasoit’s men.
This three-day celebration between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe is often credited as the first Thanksgiving in America!
Making it Official
Fast forward nearly two centuries later – Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving during the Civil War in 1863. However, it wasn’t until 1941 that Congress officially established this date as a federal holiday: Thanksgiving Day.
What’s on the Menu?
Now let’s talk about what makes our mouths water every time we think about this holiday – the food!
The star of most American tables during this time? You guessed it right! It’s Mr.Turkey!
> **Did you know?** Approximately 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving each year.
That’s almost one turkey for every seven people!
From roasting to deep-frying or even barbecuing – different households have their unique way of preparing the bird. And let’s not forget the stuffing! Whether it’s made with bread crumbs or cornbread, with sausage or without, everyone has their favorite version.
Sides to Savour
Next up are the side dishes – mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls…the list goes on. Of course, regional specialties also come into play here. For instance, in the South, you’ll find sweet potato pie and collard greens.
Pies take center stage when it comes to Thanksgiving desserts. Pumpkin Pie is a classic choice but apple pie and pecan pie also get plenty of love during this holiday season.
Parades & Football Games
Thanksgiving Day isn’t just about food though! It’s also about watching floats and balloons parade down New York City streets in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This tradition began in 1924 and continues to be a highlight of many Americans’ Thanksgiving Day celebrations.
Football is another major part of Thanksgiving culture in America – from local high school games to NFL showdowns – football matches have been an integral part of this holiday since its inception.
Conclusion: A Time for Thanks
No matter how you celebrate it or what’s on your menu this year, one thing remains at the core of every thanksgiving celebration – gratitude! So take a moment out from all the cooking (and eating!) to remember why we’re celebrating – to give thanks for our blessings big and small!Happy Thanksgiving!
> "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." > **- John F Kennedy**