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Joy of Thanksgiving

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Some Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday where family and friends gather to eat a scrumptious meal. It is celebrated in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday of November and in Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of November. It is also celebrated in Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia at the same time of year. Germany and Japan have a similar celebration.

Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest. What started out as a simple meal now boasts of a stuffed turkey cooked in the oven or some are fried. Then, there is the Macy Thanksgiving parade and football. Cranberry dishes and pumpkin pie are common.

History of Thanksgiving

In November 1621, the Pilgrims had their first successful corn harvest. Governor William Bradford invited the colony's Native American allies (including Wampanoag’s chief - Massasoit) for a celebratory feast, which is considered the first American Thanksgiving. This festival lasted for three days. No one knows the exact menu. The governor wrote that five deer were killed and also fowl. It is thought they used traditional Native American spices. The Mayflower had very little sugar left, so there were probably no sweets.

The second Thanksgiving occurred in 1623, following a long drought.

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Thanksgiving Joy

This is one of my favorite holidays, so I decided to write some poetry about Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy my acrostic poem.

Thankful to sit at the table

Happy to be with the family

And we love being together

No one will leave hungry

Kind loving words spoken

Smiling and laughing together

Giving love to each other

In love we meet together

Voicing our sweet memories

No better company ever

Gratitude for Thanksgiving

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Gratitude for Family

Autumn is a beautiful time of year

November brings Thanksgiving cheer

We get to see those that are so dear

We tend to eat till plate are clear


Preparing a turkey for our feast

Cranberries are so very good

Fluffy hot rolls made with yeast

I knew I ate too much when I stood


Gather together family or friends

Talk and laughter fill every room

Those dear ones are really gems

Laughing children in the playroom


Pictures are taken so memories remain

A long day of cheer that is so sweet

A frisbee toss outside if we have no rain

Sad farewell as family drives down the street

Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying

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© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

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