A Day to Give Thanks By Holly Walker Cornucopia
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving has officially been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26th.
The Pilgrims were a small groupof people who went to NorthAmerica from Europe.They wanted religious freedom.The first Thanksgiving was in1621 when the pilgrims invitedthe Indians to a three-day feastto celebrate the autumn harvest.
Thanksgiving today is mostly a day to relax and enjoy time with family, especially extended family members. Families have a large dinner with traditional foods. People think about the good things in their lives and give thanks. Some people donate food or volunteer to help people in need.
280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations
Everyone watchesthe ThanksgivingDay Parade inNYC.At the end of theParade is SantaClause, signifyingthe beginning ofthe Christmasseason.
American Footballis an important part ofmany Thanksgivingcelebrations in theUnited States.
The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday This day is the start of the Christmas shopping season. Stores have a lot of sales, but the sales are limited to a certain number of people. It is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.