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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving in the USA is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. This day is also considered the official opening of the Christmas season, which is marked by the appearance of Santa Claus at the tail end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. (Click the pic to see it bigger)

Santa Claus arrives, accompanied by his elves, on his sleigh pulled by reindeer at the climax of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on November 27, 2008. The intersection seen here is 57th and Broadway.

Santa Claus and his elves arrive at the climax of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2008. The intersection seen here is 57th and Broadway.


Today's Menus versus What the Pilgrims Had at the First Thanksgiving.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the USA usually involves roasting a turkey or a ham-- or both-- and a multitude of side dishes that varies by region. Regardless of region, though, these side dishes almost always include some type of stuffing for the turkey; cranberry sauce or compote; pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan and/or mincemeat pie; candied yams; rice or mashed potatoes with giblet gravy; corn in some fashion and lots of desserts.
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Currier and Ives print

Prints by Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives have come to exemplify early Americana in the United States, representing the poignancy of what Americans imagine as simpler and better times.

Over the River and Through the Wood
~A Traditional Thanksgiving song

"The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day", also known as "Over the River and Through the Wood", is a Thanksgiving poem by Lydia Maria Child. Written originally as a poem, it appeared in her Flowers for Children, Volume 2, in 1844. The poem was eventually set to a tune by an unknown author.

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A Brief History of Thanksgiving

In 1609 a group of people fled religious persecution in their native England for the religious freedom of Holland, where they lived for several years and prospered. But as their children grew, learning to speak Dutch and becoming attached to the Dutch way of life, these people grew unsettled since they considered the Dutch frivolous and Dutch ideas a threat to their children's education and morality. Click here for more


Contemporary Accounts of the First Thanksgiving

There are only two contemporary accounts of the 1621 Thanksgiving: First is Edward Winslow's account, which he wrote in a letter dated December 12, 1621. The complete letter was first published in 1622, and is chapter 6 of Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth.
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A brief history of Thanksgiving
Contemporary accounts of the First Thanksgiving
Some foods the Pilgrims did and did not have at their own Thanksgiving.
Lyrics to "Over the River and Through the Wood"
Thanksgiving
recipes

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