It’s Thanksgiving Day 2023, and you know what that means? It means it’s time for turkey (and stuffing), pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and gravy. It also means it is time to give thanks! We should all take a moment today to be thankful for all the blessings in our lives.
In the United States, Thanksgiving is a huge holiday that happens every year on the fourth Thursday of November. Friends and family come together to share some turkey! It’s also a day where many people give thanks for what they have in their lives. In this blog post, you will learn about the history behind Thanksgiving Day, how it became a national holiday, and why we celebrate it today.
History Behind Thanksgiving Day
You may be familiar with the popular conception of Thanksgiving as a happy time, but did you know that it has no clear origins? There are many different stories about how this holiday came into being, and some accounts conflict. Let’s take an insider look at what we know so far!
According to The New York Times, the Mayflower did ferry settlers from England in 1621 who renamed Plymouth, MA. In that same period, these Pilgrims held a three-day feast attended by members of the Wampanoag tribe, which also happened to be observed as thanksgiving observances where they would fast not indulge themselves with food or drink during celebrations but rather rejoice afterward – according to what some experts believe makes it one such “first Thanksgiving” dinner.
It should be noted this meal wasn’t always celebrated similarly because typically when English Separatists had their “Thanksgivings,” there was no flesh at the table but rather just bread and water for drinking purposes only; however, today, people tend to consider both pilgrimages/feast days.
Though there might have been turkey or some other type of poultry served, as we know it today. They would’ve had seafood too; it’s unclear what kind though because they didn’t write much about their food in these journals and records from the time period were sparse at best (they probably didn’t even like talking with each other). But one thing is for sure: settlers adopted the Wampanoag dish called nasaump, which was porridge made out of cornmeal to start with—a delicious sounding breakfast any day!!
The newly settled Europeans did not invite the Native Americans to their feast. Ousamequin, leader of Wampanoag Tribe and part-time ally with the Pilgrims, had declared an alliance, but members were showing up thinking they were dueling; some even brought guns because they heard shots fired in celebration on this day-long ago – then things changed when it became clear that these people weren’t here for battle after all!
After the Pilgrims discovered America, they celebrated “thanksgivings” in their traditional way of fasting and praying. Throughout this time, there were frequent massacres between Native Americans, including 1637 when Massachusetts Colony Gov John Winthrop declared a day of thanksgiving after volunteers murdered 700 Pequot people. This incident was also often cited as one origin story for today’s Thanksgiving we know so well- though not solely due to how it happened on this specific occasion; instead, other events combined with its occurrence made up what would eventually become known across cultures all over North America during different periods like harvest celebrations or religious rituals which then transformed into our modern tradition!
Thanks to Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, Americans now celebrate Thanksgiving on November 26. The first official national day of thanks was observed in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday before Christmas as “a day expressive of gratitude.”
What Day Is Thanksgiving in 2023?
Last year, we celebrated quarantine Thanksgiving a little differently. Maybe you logged on to your video conferencing platform and enjoyed sharing with family members from afar or set up an outdoor dining experience for those who could not be there in person!
Here are some of the common traditions associated with Thanksgiving:
Each year, Americans in the United States celebrate Turkey Day on November and fourth Thursday. Most families follow traditions begun from one’s first thanksgiving; however many have their own that they take part each year.. Here we go!
For many people, Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and spend quality one-on-one time with family. It’s often the only chance we get all year! This means that on each other person in our lives before summer starts or after Christmas has come around again… it can make for some really precious memories – especially if you live far away from any friends who might want an invite too.
THE TURKEY PARDON
At Thanksgiving, the president of America is given two live turkeys. The ceremony at White House includes a “pardoning” ritual where he pardons these birds so they can go on living their lives as if it were any other day in farms all across America!
Thanksgiving is all about the traditional foods that you’ll find at your family’s table: turkey, stuffing, and gravy; sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes with cranberry sauce on top. Pie for dessert finishes off this delicious meal – pumpkin pie might be famous among those who want something less spicy while pecan seems to reign supreme as America’s favorite flavor!
The vegetarian Thanksgiving is a great way for those who don’t eat meat or eggs to enjoy their favorite holiday meal. In addition, many families choose this option so that the young ones can still get protein from other sources such as soy-based tofu and legumes, which provide excellent nutritional benefits in contrast with healthier alternatives like red meats.
Some families celebrate the turkey’s wishbone by having two people each take one end and make a wish. The person who ends up with a larger piece of bone gets their desired outcome!
Thanksgiving is a great time to help out people who might not be as lucky or fortunate. Some volunteer their free time at homeless shelters, while others donate food items for donation in communities around town- all with the goal of making someone’s Thanksgiving dinner possible!
AFTER THE MEAL
After a long day of eating, cooking, and cleaning up from the meal is finally over. Some families take bike rides while others go on walks or naps together in their pajamas! The kids play board games with each other before bedtime, too- it’s been proven that playing cards can help improve hand-eye coordination skills, which will come in handy during future card battles at your house.
Top Thanksgiving Activities
Start a take-out tradition
If you’re looking for a way to avoid cooking this Thanksgiving, there are plenty of restaurants that offer take-out options. You can even get Chinese or Indian dishes delivered right to your door! Just make sure to tip well since the day is all about gratitude–and food brings people together (even if they eat separately).
Invite your family to join you for a meal and then share some time volunteering at the local shelter. Volunteering is an opportunity that provides the whole family with something good they can do together while giving back to those less fortunate, which I think everyone can get behind!
Bake a pie
The best way to make pies for Thanksgiving is by starting with a healthy, homemade crust. You can’t go wrong when you’ve got pecan or pumpkin as options, but if apples are more up your alley, then don’t hesitate! Get in the kitchen and start cooking today because these classics never disappoint.
What Do We Love Most About Thanksgiving?
Family and friends
Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and friends you may not often see. For some, it’s an occasion for getting together after long separations, while others find themselves inviting all of their close companions (or “friends”) at once–this goes by the name ‘Friendsgiving!’
The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is enjoyed by many, but it can be difficult to please everyone with your choice of what foods are served. If you want an easy, healthy vegan version, then try out this recipe that includes mashed potatoes and gravy as well as other veggies like celery root or carrots!
Thanksgiving Day Dates
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the past year, reflect on what we are grateful for this year, and share our love with family and friends. It’s also about being thankful for your health, home, food on the table, good fortune in life–and then sharing that gratitude by giving back to others less fortunate than yourself. So think about how you can be kinder during this holiday season so you may receive kindness as well!
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