If you are in AISD and surrounding districts you may have got a full week holiday. Thanksgiving dinner is probably planned or ready to happen! Did you know that although it is a huge holliday, only the United States celebrate it in this unique way? Let’s find a little bit more about where this tradition comes from.
Everyone agrees that the first thanksgiving can be traced back to an autumn harvest feast in 1621 shared by the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians. It was a particularly hard year for the colonists and the indians helped them out, in return the pilgrims invited them to a feast when at the end of their first successful corn harvest. The feast was not just one day but three!
George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation. This only meant that Americans should express their gratitude on certain days of the year. It was Abraham Lincoln that made Thanksgiving an annual Thanksgiving holiday. Only 9 other countries have official Thanksgiving day. These include Canada, China, Germany, Japan and Vietnam.
Although the pilgrims probably didn’t have turkey on their feast, it has become a tradition in the United States. Other traditions include: volunteering on food drives and going to a Thanksgiving Day Parade. Later on it became tradition to watch a football game on Thanksgiving night and to get ready for the beginning of Christmas Shopping.
Overall Thanksgiving is about slowing down and being grateful. It’s a perfect holiday to visit family and loved ones and if one has the luck to be free the entire week it’s a good time to have amazing adventures with ATX Kids Club.