Thanksgiving is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday in November. During the proceeding four-days, Americans would gather for feasting, have reunions with friends and families, watch football games, and travel. You might plan on having turkey for dinner or staying up late for the Black Friday sales, but do you really know why we are celebrating this “Turkey Day?”
The “First Thanksgiving” is widely recognized to be celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. It was originally established as a harvest festival and a reminder to Christians that we should thank God for His many blessings. It became an official Federal holiday in 1863 during the Civil War.
2. The Food
Roasted turkey, mashed potato, stuffing, vegetables such as sweet potatoes and squash, cranberry sauce, and bread are fairly standard dishes for most families and groups for a Thanksgiving meal. Pies are usually served as a dessert at the end of the meal. Popular pie flavors are pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, and apple. Turkeys are in such high demand during this time that it is not uncommon for people to preorder them.
After dinner, some families may remove the wishbone from the turkey’s chest. Two people, each take one end of the bone, make a wish, and pull at the same time. Whoever ends up getting the larger piece of the bone will have their wish come true!
4. The Thanksgiving Parade
You can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. This is an extremely popular parade in New York City that is viewed by millions every year.If you want to go outside, attend a local Thanksgiving parade! We do not have one in Corvallis, but this year, Corvallis is having the 30th Christmas Parade on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The parade will travel north on Fourth Street from Washington Street and end at Jackson Street.
While we are enjoying all this good food and spending all our money on the sales that follow Thanksgiving, lets take a second to think about the less fortunate. There are many people out there who are not fortunate enough to have feasts on Thanksgiving. Join the rest of America in the #GivingTuesday movement. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, we begin the season of giving by giving to our community. This can be anything from donating money to a nonprofit organization, volunteering in the community, or spreading awareness to the people around you. This is just another way for us to give thanks by helping those in need. Be thankful for what you have, and give back.