Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
The story of the colonists’ survival in the New World, thanks to their relationship with Native Americans, has gone down in history through the traditional meal and celebration of this holiday. Though many foods and recipes used in our modern-day feasts differ from those eaten at the first Thanksgiving, the tradition of generosity and appreciation is always part of the menu.
After a long voyage across the Atlantic to the New World, the colonists experienced a tough year once their boat reached Cape Cod in what is now known as New England. After fighting much disease and settling in Plymouth, the pilgrims, as they are now called, made an alliance with the Pawtuxet and Wampanoag tribes.
The Native Americans taught the pilgrims about fishing, growing corn and finding other foods to harvest. The first Thanksgiving was said to take place after their first successful harvest. Now, many Americans celebrate the holiday by embracing their own family traditions. The theme of gratitude is always a main course.
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Thanksgiving is a global holiday celebrated by many countries. True or False?
Thanksgiving is an American holiday celebrated in the United States. Canada also has a Thanksgiving holiday.
The pilgrims faced many struggles when they arrived in the New World. What crop did Native Americans teach them to grow and harvest?
When the colonists arrived, they faced many problems like food shortages and disease. When the Native Americans met them, they helped the newcomers learn to raise corn.
When was the first Thanksgiving?
The first Thanksgiving was held as a celebration of the pilgrims’ first corn harvest and successful partnership with the native tribes.
What kind of game did the Native Americans bring to the first Thanksgiving?
Historians have found records indicating that the tribe brought five deer to the feast.
Pumpkin pie was the featured dessert at the first Thanksgiving. True or False?
The pilgrims had run out of sugar over the course of their first year living in the New World, so historians believe there wasn’t any pie or cake.
The chief of this tribe was at the first Thanksgiving:
The pilgrims wanted to thank the local tribes for helping them survive with new farming and fishing techniques, and they invited the local Wampanoag tribe to join in the festivities.
The second Thanksgiving was held after a long drought. The governor suggested there be a religious fast before the feast. This is where the tradition of fasting on Thanksgiving began. True or False?
In preparation for the feast, people fasted in gratitude for their ability to feed themselves after the drought.
Throughout early U.S. history, American leaders have called for a day or two to give thanks before Thanksgiving became a holiday. True or False?
True. Thanksgiving has been used to symbolize nationwide thanks for particular victories or moments in American history.
Which state was the first to officially adopt a Thanksgiving holiday?
In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt Thanksgiving as an annual holiday.
Thanksgiving used to be the last Thursday in November. Why did Franklin D. Roosevelt move the holiday up a week?
Though he received much criticism, FDR hoped moving Thanksgiving a week earlier would stimulate retail sales for the holidays during the Great Depression.
The holiday date change faced much opposition, but FDR changed it in 1941 anyway. What did people call it?
The term is a blend of “Franklin” and “Thanksgiving,” and was coined by the mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., Thomas Taggart.
Though early Thanksgiving holidays held a religious meaning, the modern holiday is about cooking and family time. What percentage of Americans eat turkey for Thanksgiving?
Nearly 90 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, especially given the multitude of cooking methods. However, some people serve hams, pheasant, tofurkey or other traditional dishes depending on their culture.
I will like thanksgiving
I love turkey
My family all ways have turkey and many more food and we have the rest of the food from thanksgiving for about more then a week.
My favorite thing at Thanksgiving is PUMPKIN PIE!!! I love Pumpkin pie!
It started in the united states not in china or Russia
I have a good story in New Mexico, Alamogordo.
Thanksgiving is a good holiday to thank lots of people
Thanksgiving is AWESOME…BECAUSE THE FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Same my favorite is pumpkin pie!!
That really cool
I love Thanksgiving because it’s fun and you to hang out with your family and eat turkey. My family eats turkey, stuffing, and all that good stuff
My family does too.#LOL
My family has usually just turkey
Our family has ham and turkey for thanksgiving