Thanksgiving is a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal and is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have. The word “thanksgiving” provides memories and images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. No matter how big your family is, we all have cherished traditions that make our holidays even more special. When I was younger my family and I would go to my grandparents’ house to celebrate thanksgiving with everyone. All of the grandchildren would arrive early in the morning to do crafts and help my grandmother decorate the house. She would go to the attic to get all of her decorations out and one by one we would be in line to help her bring them down. All of the grandkids would each take a section of the house they wanted to decorate and make it their own. After we were all done decorating then the craft making part of the day would begin. I would have to say this was my favorite part of the day because I loved making crafts. My grandmother would set up the table with everything we would need to make our craft, including the step by step directions list that she would print off of her computer that morning. The one thing she loved more than anything was doing crafts, especially when her grandchildren were there to do them with her. She would call us her “little helpers” but she always ended up letting us make it on our own and would be there to help out if we needed it. Every year we would make a thanksgiving wreath, our own place mats and name cards, pilgrim hats, a turkey made out of cotton balls and acorns, and a couple other things. After we were done with the crafts we would help her set the table and our parents would start arriving. As soon as you walked into my grandmother’s house you could smell the aroma from all of the food she had been cooking from earlier in the day and it smelled amazing, not to mention she was a great cook. We would all sit around the table eating the amazing Thanksgiving Feast the adults had prepared for us and when we were done eating we would convene to the living room to watch football. Once football was over we would say our goodbyes and go home. Holidays are a very special time to spend with family and friends and to bring about new memories to last you for a lifetime.
Here are some interesting facts
about thanksgiving that you can share with your family and friends:
The Annual Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s
The NFL started the
Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920 and now has become a tradition to watch
football on thanksgiving.
It was not until 1941
that Congress declared thanksgiving as a National Holiday. ( It lies on the
fourth Thursday in November)
The first thanksgiving
was not a feast but rather a time when Native Americans helped Pilgrims by
bringing them food and helping them build off the land.
lasted for three days
The day after
thanksgiving has been named “Black Friday” by retailers and is the biggest
shopping day of the year.
In the US, about 280
million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebration.
Wanting to wish everyone a safe and
blessed holiday this year and a Happy Thanksgiving.