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Thanksgiving: History, Tradition, and Family

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Sara Green, Writer

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Do you love the holidays??

As you know the holidays are coming up and its the season to have a big feast! There are so many recipes to make especially the yummy homemade ones.

What better way to start than with an awesome recipe? This double apple pie – a delicious, tart treat – comes courtesy of the New York Times

But, the holiday itself has a bit more meaning than simply scarfing some food. Thanksgiving is the day to give thanks for everything you’re thankful for.

History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pligrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people.

The American holiday has a great degree of symbolism and meaning, and the traditional fare of the Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie.

Plymouth’s Thanksgiving began with a few colonists going out “fowling,” possibly for turkeys but more probably for the easier prey of geese and ducks, since they “in one day killed as much as…served the company almost a week.” Next, 90 or so Wampanoag made a surprise appearance at the settlement’s gate, doubtlessly unnerving the 50 or so colonists. Nevertheless, over the next few days the two groups socialized without incident. The Wampanoag contributed venison to the feast, which included the fowl and probably fish, eels, shellfish, stews, and vegetables. Since Plymouth had few buildings and manufactured goods, most people ate outside while sitting on the ground or on barrels with plates on their laps.

But the holiday also isn’t without its share of stress and frustrations. One of the biggest? Traffic – the holiday is often the busiest of the year, as family members gather with one another, according to the Department of Transportation.

But, the roads are the only traffic to be wary of during the holiday. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that Thanksgiving is, traditionally, the busiest holiday for airport traffic, with many regional airport “hubs,” like Chicago’s O’Hare airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport, suffering a high number of delays.

Family traditions are the main favorite things that brighten the holidays. Cooking meals together, eating, gi


thanks and just being around your loved ones. Get togethers are the best for all families becuase families really dont get to spend qualitly time together becuase everyone works. Only on the holidays is when families get together and spend time with each other.

Most familes spend hours cooking and making their houses nice and decorated for when their family members come over for dinner that night. Families have many traditions in the house like decorating the house for thanksgiving, making diffrent foods, desserts, watch the parade and even black friday shopping!


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6 Responses to “Thanksgiving: History, Tradition, and Family”

  1. Victor Gonzalez on November 10th, 2017 9:48 am

    Looks delicious!

  2. Cierra S. on November 10th, 2017 9:52 am

    Great background information on the holiday.

  3. Abril Lopez on November 10th, 2017 9:52 am

    I like eating the food on Thanksgiving 👌🏽

  4. Sasha on November 10th, 2017 9:53 am

    I think you captured the history of Thanksgiving perfectly!

  5. Arelis on November 10th, 2017 9:55 am

    Very interesting! Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year along with Christmas!

  6. Andres Ramirez on November 10th, 2017 11:04 am

    I think that Sara Green did a great job at describing the annual American tradition of giving thanks to what we are grateful to have. I do believe that it’s important to be thankful for the excessive opportunities that we Americans have but I believe that it is just as important to address the dark side of Thanksgiving and what Native Americans went through. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the eradication of Native Americans by the English colonists. The genocide and manipulation of Native Americans should be a vital topic brought up during Thanksgiving and deserves contemplation. .

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Thanksgiving: History, Tradition, and Family