Though we didn′t celebrate Thanksgiving as thoroughly as Halloween here at IES La Senda, it is a very important holiday in the United States. Thanksgiving became an official U.S. holiday in 1863 and is observed on the fourth Thursday of each November. It commemorates the “First Thanksgiving” celebrated by the English settlers in the New World alongside the Native Americans of the region. The historical event was a three-day feast that coincided with the harvest festivals recognized by both Native American and European cultures. Thanksgiving cuisine traditionally revolves around the food of the North American harvest, and some of the common Thanksgiving foods are roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. In the modern-day U.S., families typically gather together to eat a large meal and to give thanks for the good things in life. Many families also attend or watch Thanksgiving parades, and many people follow the American football rivalries played out on Thanksgiving Day.
In the spirit of giving thanks, we′ve included a link to a THANKSGIVING acrostic in this post. To complete the exercise, use each letter to begin a word of something you′re thankful for. Also, feel free to color in the turkey and to decorate the page with your own autumn drawings.