Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks. A time of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for Indian corn, holiday parades and giant balloons. I.Introduction
II. History of thanksgiving Thanksgiving Day as we know it today in America actually had its beginning in England before the 1600's.
II. History of thanksgiving The Pilgrims left their home in England in search of religions liberty. After a long, hard voyage across the Atlantic by the Mayflower ship, finally reached new land.
In November, 1620, The Pilgrim sailed into Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts to start their new life. The first winter was full of harship.
II. History of thanksgiving Then in the Spring they planted seeds, and all summer long. They worked on their farms and prayed for good crops. When fall came, they had a very good harvest with plenty of food for the winter.
II. History of thanksgiving In addition, the men went hunting in the forest and shot wild turkeys.
II. History of thanksgiving The Pilgrims were very thankful. They prepared a great feast and invited their friendly Indian neighbors to enjoy it with them.
II. History of thanksgiving In memory of that happy day, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day every year. They invited relatives and friends to eat turkey and other tasty food and to give thanks for all good things.
III. Traditional celebrations Foods of the season Giving thanks Vacation and travel Parades Football
1) Foods of the season In the United States, certain kinds of food are traditionally served at Thanksgiving meals.
1) Foods of the season First and foremost, turkey is usually the featured item on any Thanksgiving feast table.
1) Foods of the season Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn (maize),Turkey is usually the featured item on any Thanksgiving feast table. Fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner.
2) Giving thanks Thanksgiving was originally a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose.
2) Giving thanks In celebrations at home, it is a holiday tradition in many families to begin the Thanksgiving dinner by saying grace Grace is a prayer before or after a meal to express appreciation to God, to ask for God’s blessing, or in some philosophies, to express an altruistic wish or dedication.
3) Vacation and travel Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
3) Vacation and travel In the United States, Thanksgiving is a four-day or five-day weekend vacation in school and college calendars. Most business and government workers are also given both Thanksgiving and the day after as paid holidays.
4) Parades In New York City, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held annually every Thanksgiving Day from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Macy's flagship store in Herald Square.
4) Parades The McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago Thanksgiving parades also occur in many cities such as the 6abc Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia
4) Football American football is often a major part of Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States. Thankgiving Day of 1993 was a classic football game between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.