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The Story of American Thanksgiving
(Contributed by Bing Wei, Granny Betty's Story Time )
Thanksgiving Day is an American holiday and not celebrated in continental Europe. On the fourth Thursday of each November, families and friends gather together for the occasion to celebrate with a traditional turkey dinner, usually in the mid-afternoon. Thanksgiving originated as a celebration of the year's harvest and is similar to the Mid-Autumn Festival in China.
The origin of the Thanksgiving Day
This American tradition started in 1621 before the United States of America was established. It was a huge celebration for a hard-earned harvest the first year after arrivin
g in the New World.
On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower ship set sail from Plymouth, Devon, England, taking all the English Pilgrims （清教徒）to the New World. The English Pilgrims numbered about a hundred people, and left England to escape religious persecution. Their voyage to the New World was financed by Merchant Adventurers, an English investor group.
The Pilgrims sailed sixty-six days, arrived in the New World in November of the same year. They first settled in a cornfield abandoned by Native Indians and named it Plymouth Plantation.
They worked on the land with much difficulty and were beset by a devastating plague in which half of the Pilgrim died in the long winter of 1620. In the spring of 1621, an Indian brave named Squanto and her Wampanoag （瓦帕浓人，北美印第安人阿尔琴族一部落）tribe came to their help. The tribe taught the Pilgrims how to work the earth and plant corn, beans, pumpkins, squash and other crops.
The Thanksgiving feast in 1621
In late September 1621, the Pilgrims were pleased with their great harvest. To
celebrate their first harvest, the Pilgrims wanted to thank God and the Native Indian. They invited Squanto and the entire Wampanoag tribe that celebrate together in a shared feast.
It was said about ninety Wampanoag turned up, much to the surprise of the Pilgrims, whose population had shrunk to no more than 50. The chief of the tribe had his men hunt five deer to bring to the feast. The first Thanksgiving dinner had an elaborate menu with venison, wild turkey, goose, duck, crane, swan, and other waterfowl; they also has local seafood: clams, lobsters, mussels, salmon, cod, bass, herring, shad, bluefish, lots of eel and oysters. They also cooked plenty of vegetables, among them squash, pumpkins and beans were the most popular.
They ate raspberries, strawberries, grapes, plums, cherries, blueberries, walnuts, chestnuts, acorns, hickory and ground nuts, wheat flour, Indian corn and corn meal and they made beer out of barley. The pumpkin pudding was later developed into the traditional pumpkin pie.
The first Thanksgiving dinner is said to have lasted from three days to one week with much food, beer and liquor. The Pilgrims and the Native Indian sat together on the ground, shared food with fingers or used rough plates made of wood or stale bread. They ran races, played old English games and staged parades during the festive, with marches, drums and firing of their muskets.
"Thanksgiving" related to the Bible
The phrase "thanksgiving" initially comes from the Bible. The Pilgrims of Plymouth, however, were mainly Puritans and strict Calvinist Protestants. They only observed three religious holidays from the New Testament: Sunday Sabbath, Days of Fasting and humiliation and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving marked favourable ("mercies") in community life.
The first Thanksgiving festival was indeed a time of happiness, fellowship and rejoicing for the Pilgrims. They arranged a friendly treaty with the Native American Indians, built houses in the wilderness, and raised sufficient crops to feed themselves for the upcoming long winter. The Pilgrims had become the first generation of settlers in this new land holding so much promise.
From then on, Thanksgiving became a holiday for celebrating the harvest in the New World, dates varied from October to November each year over the next 150 years.
Thanksgiving, the National holiday
The first National Thanksgiving was declared by the Continental Congress in 1777. On October 3, 1789, President George Washington declared that the people of the United States should observe "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer" on Thursday, 26 November.
Many say the credit for the establishment of an annual Thanksgiving holiday should be given to Sarah Josepha Hale. Being the editor of Ladies Magazine and Godey's Lady's Book, she lobbied to the governors, senators, and presidents for a national holiday and published stories and recipes for that day in her magazine. After 36 years of crusading, she won her battle. In 1863, buoyed by the Union victory at Gettysburg, President Lincoln proclaimed that November 26, would be a national Thanksgiving Day, to be observed every year on the fourth Thursday of November.
In 1941, a Congressional Joint Resolution set the fourth Thursday of November as a national holiday for Thanksgiving.
There you are - the brief history of Thanksgiving- a day in America for families and friends to gather together. The festival is also celebrated by Americans living abroad. Thanks to the Native Americans and the Pilgrims who created this idea of a day of Thanksgiving all those live in the New World can be thankful for all we have and share the joy with our family members and friends.
Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and now is primarily identified as a secular holiday.
This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. The writer O. Hey called it the one day that is purely American. Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday. But it has spiritual meaning. Some Americans attend religious services on the day before Thanksgiving, or on Thanksgiving morning. Others travel long distances to be with their families. They have a large dinner, which is the main part of the celebration.
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is the only time when all members of a family gather. The holiday is a time of family reunion.
Thanksgiving week is generally one of the busiest travel times of the year. Many Americans who usually visit family and friends by plane are driving shorter distances instead this week. Some mental-health experts say the attacks have frightened people. They say people feel safer and happier close to home.
More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and home. Many people say that this year they are especially thankful for their families and friends and the good things in their lives. On Thanksgiving, people enjoy a long day of cooking, eating and talking. The traditional meal almost always includes a turkey with a bread mixture cooked inside.
Other traditional Thanksgiving foods served with turkey are sweet potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Stores are said to sell more food at Thanksgiving than at any other time of the year. And many people eat more food at Thanksgiving than at any other time of the year.
Over the years, Americans have added new traditions to their Thanksgiving celebration. For example, a number of professional and university football games are played on Thanksgiving Day. Some of the games are broadcast on national television.
Have a FULL Thanksgiving day
Warm wishes at Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving wishes for you and your family
From all of us to all of you at Thanksgiving
I love to eat, so I love Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year
Thanksgiving is a great time to tell you that we love you kids Warm wishes at Thanksgiving. 在感恩节衷心地祝福你们
Happy Thanksgiving day!
Thanksgiving day "adversity shows insight," thank you help me tide over their difficulties!
Thanksgiving day thank you and i together!
感恩节 千言万语，表达不了我的感激之情，我只能说，我已铭记在心。Thanksgiving day i cannot express the gratitude of, i can only say that i have in mind.
Thanksgiving day your kindness, i did not tooth unforgettable.感恩节 大恩大德，铭记在心。
Thanksgiving day your help would be timely help, i feel grateful!
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Tim thanksgiving day to you too much trouble, really sorry!
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Thanksgiving day, i sincerely thank you for doing
Thanksgiving day although you twice saved my life, but are you willing to, i can not for you.
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Thanksgiving day thank you help me, i wish you a happy, willing to your peace, and all the best.
From all of us to all of you at thanksgiving.我们全体祝你们感恩节快乐。
Thanksgiving wishes for you and your family.给你们全家感恩节的祝福。
Warm wishes at thanksgiving.在感恩节，衷心地祝福你们。
I wish you could be here on thanksgiving.但愿你能来过感恩节。I wouldn’t want to spend thanks-giving with anyone else.我只愿和你共度感恩节。
It will be sad not to see you during the holiday when families get together.家人团聚的节日里，不能看到你，我会感到难过。
Our first thanksgiving should be our best.我们第一次共度的感恩节是我们最美好的时光。
What a wonderful time to be together.在一起的时光多么快乐。Thanksgiving just won’t be the same without you.没有你，感恩节就不会一样了。
This will be our first thanksgiving apart.这将是我们第一次不在一起过感恩节。
Thanksgiving is a time when i tell you that i love you.感恩节就是我告诉你我爱你的时候。
I love to eat, so i love thanksgiving.我爱吃，所以我爱感恩节。Thanksgiving is a great time to tell you that we love you kids.孩子们，感恩节这时刻，我们要说：我们都爱你们。
Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year.感恩节是一年中最好的节日。
I hope you are feeling thankful after your supper.希望你吃过晚饭后有感恩的心情。
I am getting hungry just thinking about it.一想到它我就饿了。
I will be home for thanksgiving, so save a little turkey for me.我会回家过感恩节，所以请留点儿火鸡给我。
Have a mid-full thanksgiving!感恩节请勿暴饮暴食！
Have a full thanksgiving day!感恩节快乐！好好吃一顿吧！
Warm wishes at Thanksgiving. 今天是感恩节，衷心祝福你! From all of us to all of you at Thanksgiving. 请接受我们诚挚的祝福：祝你们感恩节快乐! I wish you could be here on Thanksgiving. 我真的希望你能来过感恩节。 Thanksgiving just won't be the same without you. 没有你的感恩节像缺了点什么。 This will be our first Thanksgiving apart. 这是我们第一次不在一起过感恩节。 It will be sad not to see you during the holiday when families get together. 在这个家人团聚的节日里，见不到你，我会很难过。 Our first Thanksgiving should be our best. 希望我们共度的第一个感恩节将成为我们回忆里最美好的时光。 I wouldn't want to spend Thanks-giving with anyone else. 我只想与你共度感恩节。 Thanksgiving is a time when I tell you that I love you. 今天是感恩节，我要对你说我爱你。 Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. 感恩节是一年中最美好的日子。 I love to eat, so I love Thanksgiving. 我爱吃，所以我爱过感恩节。 I hope you are feeling thankful after your supper. 希望你吃过感恩节晚餐后能生出点感恩之情。 I will be home for Thanksgiving, so save a little turkey for me. 我回家过感恩节，留点儿火鸡给我。 From all of us to all of you at Thanksgiving. 我们全体祝你们感恩节快乐。 Thanksgiving wishes for you and your family. 给你们全家感恩节的祝福。 Warm wishes at Thanksgiving. 在感恩节，衷心地祝福你们。 I wish you could be here on Thanksgiving. 但愿你能来过感恩节。 It will be sad not to see you during the holiday when families get together. 家人团聚的节日里，不能看到你，我会感到难过。 Our first Thanksgiving should be our best. 我们第一次共度的感恩节是我们最美好的时光。 I wouldn't want to spend Thanks-giving with anyone else. 我只愿和你共度感恩节。 What a wonderful time to be together. 在一起的时光多么快乐。
Thanksgiving just won't be the same without you. 没有你，感恩节就不会一样了。 This will be our first Thanksgiving apart. 这将是我们第一次不在一起过感恩节。 Thanksgiving is a time when I tell you that I love you. 感恩节就是我告诉你我爱你的时候。 Thanksgiving is a great time to tell you that we love you kids. 孩子们，感恩节这时刻，我们要说：我们都爱你们。 Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. 感恩节是一年中最好的节日。 I hope you are feeling thankful after your supper. 希望你吃过晚饭后有感恩的心情。 I am getting hungry just thinking about it. 一想到它我就饿了。 I will be home for Thanksgiving, so save a little turkey for me. 我会回家过感恩节，所以请留点儿火鸡给我。 Have a MID-FULL Thanksgiving! 感恩节请勿暴饮暴食! Have a FULL Thanksgiving day! 感恩节快乐!好好吃一顿吧!