Thanksgiving, the day of giving thanks and gratitude to express the end of the war, is now the USA’s most-loved days. Here is when you can revel in parades, family reunions, a scrumptious turkey meal, and of course, the feeling of thanks!
With all those who haven’t gotten a chance to celebrate this very significant day with as much joy, here’s everything you need to know to make a start. For those of you who just cannot wait to celebrate can gather a lot from this piece to share.
Here is a Thanksgiving Day Vocabulary to double your celebration with all the important things to know! It covers a list of all the words Thanksgiving day associates with, and the whys!
Let us begin with the most obvious; the day of thanks is incomplete without the perfect, yet filling dinner meal. It is one of those times of the year when the family gets together, making it an apt gathering to discuss Christmas.
Thanksgiving Day wouldn’t have much essence without gratitude, would it? People who host gatherings make sure to keep round of sharing the things they are most thankful for at that moment. Isn’t it a wonderful thing to share with friends and family?
Did you ever wonder why we celebrate this special day only in the month of November? It was in this month that the country could be free of the War of Independence. Although, it wasn’t until the year 1941 when an official bill declared the fourth Thursday of every November is attributed to giving thanks.
No matter which part of the country you are in, you will find a parade everywhere. If not, you can always partake in them by watching one on television. Usually, these parades last two-three hours. The best part about Thanksgiving Day parades is the entry of Santa Claus in the end, who declares the start of Chrismas festivities.
Another common phenomenon about this day is watching or playing football. There’s mostly a game on television on the fourth Thursday of November. Several large families or group of friends even organise a football match to celebrate the day with zeal.
Had the pilgrims not moved to Plymouth (Massachusetts), then we might be celebrating the day of thanks. On their first harvest for survival, these pilgrims invited their North-American friends who helped them settle down for a feast expressing gratitude.
Not many would have heard about the word mayflower in connection to this day. History has it, that the pilgrims who moved to America from England did so in a ship called ‘Mayflower’. So, this is how it all began!
It needs no explaining, that this is amongst the few days in a year when people find joy in living up to traditions.
9. Relatives and Reunion
The traditions of Thanksgiving Day isn’t complete without a reunion of relatives. After all, it is only when amongst people that you can reap the fun of togetherness.
When many of the pilgrims who entered North America couldn’t find means for survival, they commenced with the harvest of corn. That sealed their deal, and they became self-made survivors in the country.
It takes hours to cook a turkey, but no family feast scheduled on this day can do without some Turkey. The larger the family, the larger the size of the turkey. Of course, there is always scope for leftovers enough for some sandwiches the next day.
12. Mashed Potato
Another item that draws its roots from tradition is mashed potatoes; the simplest, but the necessary!
13. Dessert/ Pie
No can do without a dessert or pie at the end of a satiating Thanksgiving dinner meal. No matter how yummy the food, you have to save space for the dessert.
That’s no surprise because the fall welcomes the day with lots of breeze. Although, we reach almost the end of his season by Thanksgiving; it’s get set o for winters post the day of gratitude.
Your meal for this day needs the company of Cranberry; if you are a fan of the sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S, you would know how important Cranberry sauce was to Chandler.
16. Native Americans
The pilgrims couldn’t be more thankful to the Native Americans for helping them make America their home. Starting from cultivating corn, and fishing to staying away from poisonous plants, they taught them all!
Politically, any area where people from other country settle is called a Colony. If not for the colony set by the pilgrims, they would never the idea to give thanks to the localties, thus commencing this day.
Who does not want to cook their family’s traditional recipe on this day? The beautiful culture allows the youth to grab on to family recipes passed down from grandparents and parents. Isn’t that a fabulous thing to then gift the next-gen?
19. New York
There’s more to New York than just its dazzling feel; it was in fact, the first state in the USA to adopt Thanksgiving Day as an annual holiday. The people of New York did so from the year 1817 onwards. If you have a friend who is a New Yorker, you can maybe expect a fun invite to their Thanksgiving feast.
Well, it is an annual holiday and one that marks the beginning of the festive season to welcome. An off on this day is much like a reminder for the busy ones, that it is time to gear up for Christmas. Time for tree shopping, gifts buying and oh, how can we even forget the lights?
What more can we say, apart from wishing you a fantabulous Thanksgiving Day this year? Don’t forget to spread the air of gratitude and share this article to enlighten many more about the essence of this day.
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