November – Thanksgiving in America

Thanksgiving Background

What does Thanksgiving celebrate?

Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on what you are thankful for. It’s tradition to say what that is before eating; common responses are family, friends, and good health.

What’s the origin of Thanksgiving?

In November 1621 in honor of their first successful harvest, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony shared a three day celebration with the Native Americans, who had taught them how to live off the land. Read more about the history of Thanksgiving.

How do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

By gathering with family and friends to share a large meal.

What do Americans eat on Thanksgiving?

TURKEY! Traditionally a whole bird is prepared and served with stuffing and gravy. Some common side dishes are cranberry sauce, bread rolls, mashed potatoes, yams or sweet potatoes, string beans, deviled eggs, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie.

What else is associated with Thanksgiving?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watching football.


A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

While there are many movies that take place during Thanksgiving, few are considered to be Thanksgiving movies. One classic TV special centered around Thanksgiving is A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.