Thanksgiving by Michele Curtis

Thanksgiving in the United States is on the fourth Thursday of November every year. We celebrate it because we are commemorating the first Thanksgiving that was shared between the Pilgrims and the Indians. On this holiday most business and all government and schools are closed.

But what people don’t know is that it wasn’t a National Holiday until President Abraham Lincoln declared it to be on the last Thursday in November, but it didn’t stay there. President Roosevelt changed the date to the fourth Thursday in November to give retailers and extra week for the Christmas Shopping. The day after Thanksgiving stores open very early with amazing deals to get shoppers into their stories. This is known as Black Friday.

Then President George W. Bush, Sr. decided to pardon one turkey every year to live out its days on a farm. The tradition has been kept up all presidents since.

The first Thanksgiving didn’t have the meal we associate with it today. They had deer, goose, corn, crab and codfish. It was to celebrate their first successful harvest and was shared with the Indians who brought Deer with them to share.

First Thanksgiving

The current Thanksgiving is consisting of Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls, stuffing, celery, cranberry sauce, wine, pecan pie and pumpkin pie, but some people bring their own touches to a Thanksgiving Day meal. This is a meal that takes almost all day to cook.  Our Thanksgiving that we celebrate today is celebrate that first Thanksgiving and give our thanks for what matters most in life. Our family and friends. Most families each have their own traditions on how they celebrate it.  A lot of people watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watch Football or Thankgiving and holiday movies.

Current Thanksgiving II

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