Thanksgiving in the USA

Posted in American Culture by Brittany Wade on 20 Nov 2012

A very long time ago, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans celebrated what is now known as the “First Thanksgiving.” The Native Americans had taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and catch eel & fish. They had also helped the Pilgrims with food during the first winter. The Pilgrims invited the Native Americans to the Thanksgiving meal to thank them for their help.

Today’s Thanksgiving is known as a time to eat a ton of food, watch football, spend time with family and friends, and shop. Some of the staples in Thanksgiving dinner are turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and pumpkin pie. We watch a long awaited football match up or even play a little game of touch football in the back yard or street. The day after Thanksgiving is reserved for tons of shopping and great deals.

So, here’s a little history on why we celebrate this way. Thanksgiving is just that: a day for giving thanks for the things we have. Some of the foods, like turkey and corn, were a part of the original feast. Others were added. Turkey is such a staple that Thanksgiving is sometimes even called “Turkey Day.” Time is spent with family and friends because, usually, we are thankful for them. Football on Thanksgiving has been a tradition since it became a national game. “Black Friday,” as the day after Thanksgiving is commonly called, became what it is today because it was often thought that Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving was inappropriate. Since it is traditionally the “kick-off” for Christmas shopping, this is the biggest shopping day of the year.

So now it’s your turn! Tell me what your Thanksgiving traditions are. Are you planning on going shopping on Black Friday? Or will you just do online shopping to avoid the mass hysteria? As always, let me know what else you want to hear about! See ya soon!

Brittany Wade