The fourth Thursday in November.
Thanksgiving is a day when Americans remember their heritage. It is a time to remember when two cultures came together and helped each other. . A story has been handed down that if the Native Americans (Indians) had not helped the settlers all the Europeans would have died their first year in America. (Many did die.) After harvesting their crops, (corn, pumpkin, cranberries, squash) it is said that the settlers invited the Indians to share their food and thanked the Indians and God for their survival. in the new wilderness.
Today we gather with family
remember that day. We say a prayer of thanks before the meal.
Traditionally we have turkey
and dressing, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.(Turkey, corn, cranberries and pumpkins are native to America.). Families often have other favorite dishes that varies from one region to another. It is always a very large meal.
In our family each member
a separate dish so no one has too much to do. Grandparents, aunts,
sisters, brothers and cousins all get together and play games or watch
football and enjoy each other's company and good food.
It is a time to reflect on our blessings of food, clothing, home, health, family and friends.
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson