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This Week Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving

23. November 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Observed on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is a holiday in which Americans traditionally give thanks for everything that is good in their lives. For example, family, friends, a nice home, rewarding careers, etc. This year, the holiday falls on November 25th.

Though historians disagree on specifics, most Americans believe Thanksgiving started with the Plymouth, Massachusetts pilgrims in 1621. Pilgrims, English people who came to North American to escape religious persecution, reportedly enjoyed a feast with Native Americans and both groups gave thanks for a fruitful fall harvest. The Thanksgiving feast became an annual tradition, and celebrations spread as America became an independent nation. Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt set an official date in 1941.

Today, Americans typically celebrate Thanksgiving by enjoying a feast with family and friends, much like the Pilgrims and Native Americans did nearly 400 years ago. Though there is no official Thanksgiving meal, a traditional feast includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, among other delicious foods. After the meal, Americans may enjoy time together, talking, laughing, watching football, or preparing for Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Another annual tradition is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a huge parade in New York City that many Americans watch in person or on TV.  

If you’re chatting with a special American gentleman this week be sure to wish him a happy Thanksgiving!