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The History of Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks at the conclusion of the harvest season. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.

The earliest Thanksgiving events were held in the British Colonies, at present day Berkeley Plantation in Virginia in 1619 and at Plymouth in present day Massachusetts in 1621.

In November, 2007, President George W. Bush will give a Thanksgiving address at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia.

In the United States, Thanksgiving is a four day weekend which usually marks a pause in school and college calendars. Many workers (78% in 2007) are given both Thanksgiving and the day after as paid holidays.

Thanksgiving meals are traditionally family events where certain kinds of food are served. First and foremost, turkey is the featured item in most Thanksgiving feasts (so much so that Thanksgiving is sometimes facetiously referred to as “Turkey Day”). Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, turnips, rolls, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner. Often guests bring food items or help with cooking in the kitchen as part of a communal meal.

In keeping with the holiday theme of giving thanks, during the socializing or meal, people talk about what they are thankful for or tell about experiences during the past year which have caused them to feel grateful.

The Thanksgiving holiday was established as a national day of giving thanks and praise to God. The religious heritage of Thanksgiving continues in the tradition of saying grace at the beginning of the Thanksgiving holiday dinner.

The Thanksgiving season is also a time of generosity. People contribute food to annual Thanksgiving food drives and donate to charities.

You can check the rest of the story on Wikipedia website.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

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  1. November 22, 2007 at 8:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, FB guys!

  2. Elaine
    November 23, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    I know I’m late to leave commit,but better than nothing right…
    I just want to say Happy belated Thanksgiving to Bug. My “brother” for being such a wonderful friend.
    I also want to thank my grandparents whom have passed away for taking care of me all those years growing up with them while my mom was busy with college and a job.. They taught me so much as love careing and giving.. Thank you Papi Y Mama
    Miss you both so much….

  3. donna
    November 24, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    It’s not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them,
    is the true measure of our thanksgiving..
    Happy thanksgiving from the Schultz family, OKLAHOMA CITY< OKLAHOMA

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