Day is a holiday
Canada on the
Thanksgiving is a
Traditionally, it has
been a time to
give thanks for a
believe that the first
happened with the
Pilgrims in 1621 in
There is evidence for
in Canada (1578) and
by Spanish explorers
in Florida (1565).
The American Story
The Pilgrims fled
from England to
sailed to America
on a ship called
The trip to America was long and hard.
There were storms and the ship was
When they got to America, it was winter and
there were no food or houses. Many of the
pilgrims died from sickness, starvation and
freezing to death.
There were some people who lived in America
already. The Pilgrims called them Indians.
They saw the Pilgrims suffering and they
decided to help them.
The Indians showed the Pilgrims how to
hunt and fish.
They helped them build houses
out of the trees there.
They showed them how to
grow corn and pumpkins.
They showed them how to grow corn and
To celebrate, they had a great feast for one
week. They ate turkey, fish, deer, sweet
potatoes, corn and pumpkin. They played
ball games, sang, and danced.
They gave a prayer of thanks for food,
shelter, family and religious freedom.
In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared
the holiday of Thanksgiving in November to
give thanks for "general blessings."
We still have Thanksgiving today.
Thanksgiving is celebrated today with a family
Thanksgiving dinner is a popular
Most families begin the meal with a prayer
and everyone shares what they are thankful
I am thankful for my family
I am thankful for my dog
I am thankful
for my house
Oven roasted Turkey with gravy sauce and
Apart from food, the biggest Thanksgiving
traditions are football and parades. People
watch football games and parades on
the beginning of the
season. In order to
stores like Macy's
parades like the
Black Friday is the Friday
traditionally the beginning of
the Christmas shopping
Many retailers open
extremely early, usually 5AM
or even earlier.
Shoppers wait in line for
hours before stores with big
On occasion, injuries and
even fatalities are reported.