by Jasmine Bentley
Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by many people within the United States. It is a day to celebrate and remember what people are thankful for. It is also to commemorate the dinner between the pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621. This is a time for families to get together and be genuinely happy. There are many traditions that are a part of Thanksgiving.
If you were to ask people what they are thankful for, most would say family. This is why the first tradition is so important. Getting the entire family together happens to be a lot of people’s favorite part of Thanksgiving because they can see family members that they weren’t able to see throughout the year. Throughout the week of Thanksgiving, some families write down what they are thankful for and then, during the feast, they are able to tell them to the important people in their lives.
This holiday also helps many people realize the benefit of being grateful and having gratitude towards others. Gratitude is a contagious attitude and once it starts, it is hard to stop. Families learn that you have to give thanks in all circumstances because there will always be some good. People are more likely to give during this time. One way is giving food to those who are unable to afford it or that do not have a family to dine with.
When people think of Thanksgiving, then often think of the surplus of food that is prepared and served during this time. Another name for Thanksgiving is Turkey Day. The reason being that most families serve turkey and/or ham with many sides. A few sides would be cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, bread rolls, and dessert. One of the most common dessert would be pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
All and all, Thanksgiving is not all about food. It is mostly about spending time with important people in your life. It is a time for families to get together and share a meal together. Gratitude is thrown around like confetti during this time. It is contagious and could be the reason for someone’s best day. There are many foods that are served and eaten. Happy Thanksgiving from Cardinal Chronicle!