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Fantastic collection of coloring pages for Thanksgiving Day


Thanksgiving Day, the date peculiarly American, was first held in 1621 by the settlers of Plymouth Colony. These settlers, who later were called Pilgrims, left England because they wanted to separate from the established church and worship God in his own way. After leaving England, the Pilgrims settled in Holland in 1608.

Finally in 1620 they embarked on the “Mayflower” seeking religious freedom in the New World. The original destination was the Jamestown Colony, Virginia, but a storm put them out of their path and finally arrived in November 1620 to north of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first winter was of great hardship for the settlers, since more than half the colony died from hunger and disease. However, those who survived continued to fight and spring planted his first corn crop.

Corn Squanto, an Indian warrior, befriended them, and taught the colonists how to plant and grow corn, and helped to establish good relations with the neighboring Indian tribes. In the fall of 1621, after a good harvest, Governor Bradford proclaimed “a day of thanksgiving to the Lord for us in a more special manner rejoice after collecting the fruit of our work.”

In a gesture of friendship, the Pilgrims invited the Indians to neighbors together a party, which shared turkeys and geese, corn, lobster, clams, squash, pumpkins and dried fruits.

Due to a poor harvest and problems with the Indians, it was not possible to celebrate the Thanksgiving Day the following year. However, in 1623 the Governor Bradford proclaimed July 30 as the Day of Thanksgiving to celebrate the end of a long period of drought.


By 1623 the Day of Thanksgiving was irregular and usually set on a regional basis. However, in 1789, shortly after the thirteen colonies had joined President George Washington an agreement was presented to Congress to hold a national day of “public thanksgiving and prayer.” The resolution was approved and the first National Day of Thanksgiving was held on November 26, 1789. In the corresponding proclamation George Washington urged Americans to give thanks to God for his protection, for victory in the struggle for freedom and for peace and prosperity in the new country.

During the following years there was still no annual national celebration of the holiday. In 1846, Ms. However Sarah Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady Book, a magazine for women, launched a campaign to make Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. After nine years he achieved his goal and Thanksgiving Day was designated a national holiday, just before the Civil War began.

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, issued the first proclamation of Thanksgiving Day since 1789. From the time of Lincoln, every year the President has proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.

The general pattern of this celebration has also remained the same since the nineteenth century. The menu, with any regional variation, usually consists of baked stuffed turkey, cranberries, a dish made of corn, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pies. Today, Thanksgiving Day remains a holiday during which American families gather to share the fruits of an abundant harvest and to thank God for his blessings on their land.


Baked stuffed turkey, onions cream, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, roasted pumpkin, sweet potatoes, plum pudding, mince pie walnut, cranberry juice, milk, coffee.

Turkey. It was chosen by the British immigrants to celebrate their first Thanksgiving dinner for the first harvest in their new land of freedom. Since it is the first day until now, the turkey is an essential element in this celebration.

Corn. The use of corn represents the survival of colonies. Corn cultivation was very important for the Pilgrims and the indigenous natives. It was the main course and in all food consumed. There were many varieties of corn: white, blue, yellow and red.

Some amount of corn was dried to preserve it and keep it as food for the winter months. Corn threshing always to cornmeal, which could be used to make bread pudding, syrup, or could be mixed with beans to make succotash (corn cooking whole grains).

The Pilgrims did not know the corn before meeting the Indians. The Indians gave the Pilgrims seeds and taught them how to cultivate it. Currently the, United States’ hectares of maize are grown more than any other grain.

Pumpkin. Pumpkin is an American food that fed the Native American territory for more than five thousand years. He also complemented the nutrition of the early settlers, who incorporated this plant as an important part of their diet.

Most winter squashes are harvested when they are ripe, that is, when the shell is hard and can not eat. Because the shell protection, these pumpkins are harvested in the fall and stored for several months during the winter in a cool, dry place. Many pumpkins are available throughout the year but the most available time is during late summer, autumn and winter, becoming more scarce in the spring.

Cranberry sauce. It was served on the first day of Thanksgiving and continues to serve today. The cranberry is an acid / sour berry, from North American continent. The settlers found wild throughout the northeastern US plus-central area, when they expanded westward.

Originally they called it “craneberry” due to the shape of the flower that was similar to the head and neck of a heron (crane), or because often watched herons eating this fruit. Eventually he missed the “e”, resulting in the name of cranberry.






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10 Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally celebrated in family around a delicious turkey and other delicacies like pumpkin pie. It’s a great day to celebrate, but not alone. There are many ways to give thanks for the blessings and good things in our lives. If this year you want to do something different on this special day, here are some suggestions:


  1. If you are single, organize a dinner with friends and ask everyone to bring a dish: the one you like, the typical recipe of her mother, a traditional dish of their country, etc. There is no need to prepare it at home. You can buy it at your favorite store. What matters is the desire to share among all.
  2. You immigrated to the United States? So Thanksgiving is the perfect time to acknowledge and thank for having been taken in by the Americans celebrating in true “gringo” style day.
  3. If, by contrast, you are American and know people who immigrated to the United States but have no family in the country, invite them to share dinner with family and friends not feel uprooted that day.
  4. Since you have a roof, food on the table, hot water and a job, think of others less fortunate than you and helps you to celebrate Thanksgiving. You can make a financial donation or offer to work as a volunteer at a relief center for people without resources.
  5. Write a list of things for which you are grateful. This is a task you can do alone, but will be much more rewarding if you share with your partner, friends, family and especially with your children, they will learn the value of gratitude and generosity.
  6. Organize an intimate evening with your partner, but this time forget about resorting to traditional recipes. Give a surprise cooking you all the dishes he likes, and during dinner thank him for all the good it brings to your life.
  7. Remember that it is important to give, but also receiving. After surprise your partner with that special dinner Communicate with humor and sweetness has the turn to reciprocate. Now it’s up to him strive doing everything you like in the bedroom.
  8. Although we all know that it is healthier to be reasonably positive and optimistic, usually we are used to fall into negativity, and pessimism complaint. But little by little we can change this custom. Make a point of not complain and think positive throughout the day of Thanksgiving. Every time you discover getting negative thoughts, focus on your heart and repeat a phrase Style “now choose to see the good side of this situation.”
  9. Write letters of thanks to those who left a mark on your life. It could be your mother, but also the teacher of the school or your first boyfriend. You need not send them (although you can if you want), this is to enhance the feeling of gratitude in your heart.
  10. This exercise is more difficult, but is as effective or more than the previous: write letters of thanks to the people who hurt you in the past. A father who abandoned you an ex-boyfriend cheated on you or the friend who betrayed you. It is recognized that also brought you good things and that you do not have to suffer for their behavior. Do not let bitterness ties tie you to the past that people do not make you good. Thank them for the lessons they taught you with his behavior, wish them the best and let them leave your life forever.

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It is possible that Thanksgiving Day is the main family holiday in the United States. It is generally celebrated at home or in a community setting and features a banquet well served. Thanksgiving Day is the occasion when family or friends meetings are organized, and when the Americans express their appreciation for the freedom they enjoy, as well as food, home and many other things.

Many Americans also take time to prepare and serve food to the needy at soup kitchens, churches and homeless residences. Others donate food collection campaigns or participate in events to raise funds for charitable organizations or causes. In fact, in the

Thanksgiving Day hundreds of non-profit organizations around the country hold charity races called “Turkey Trots.

Thanksgiving Day begins the “holiday season” that extends through New Year’s Day. The Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the main days of the year for shopping. Moreover, the president issues a proclamation designating the fourth Thursday of November as a National Day of Thanksgiving. It is an official holiday and virtually all government offices and schools and most businesses are closed.


As a variant of the festivals held worldwide to mark the harvest, Thanksgiving Day was a banquet held in 1621 between the English Pilgrims who founded the Plymouth Colony back (as It is now Massachusetts) and the natives of the Wampanoag tribe.

The pilgrims had come to America in 1620, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to separate from the Church of England, which was the official church, and to freely practice their particular form of Puritanism. Having come late to the Plymouth colony to grow crops, and lacking fresh food, the Pilgrims suffered a terrible winter between 1620 and 1621. Half the colony died because of the disease. The following spring, the Wampanoag Indians taught the colonists to harvest corn and other native crops, and also taught the newcomers to fish and hunt. The Wampanoag Indians had an advanced society that had settled in the region for thousands of years, says the National Museum of the American Indian.

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims had much to be thankful because of the abundance of the harvest of corn, barley, beans and pumpkins. The colonists and their Wampanoag benefactors who brought deer meat for grilling, organized a banquet to express their gratitude for the blessings of God. Although it is known that the colonists provided fowl for the feast, the rest of the menu remains unknown. Pilgrims likely offered turkey, ducks and other game animals, shellfish such as mussels, lobster and eels, vegetables, grapes, plums and walnuts.

It is a reminder of the role played by the indigenous natives in the first Thanksgiving Day, a holiday that was held to thank those who shared their knowledge and skills. Without that help, it is likely that the first pilgrims would not have survived.

The legacy of giving thanks, particularly with a shared feast, has survived for centuries. Although several US presidents, from George Washington in 1789, issued proclamations in honor of the Day of Thanksgiving it was not until the proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that the Day of Thanksgiving was declared as an annual national holiday . Lincoln determined to be held the last Thursday of November. This happened during the dark days of the Civil War, but Lincoln said that in difficult times was even more appropriate blessings be “gratefully acknowledged as with a feeling and a voice for all the American people.”

A legislative resolution 1941 moved it to the fourth Thursday to assure a longer post Thanksgiving holiday shopping for years that there are five Thursdays in November season.
Each year the president also “pardons” a Thanksgiving turkey, but it is actually two turkeys, with one reserve in case the misbehave during the ceremony. The two birds forgiven, being waged oven, spend the rest of his life in a petting zoo.


The Thanksgiving Day mobilizes many people who travel by plane or car to meet with family or friends for the celebration. In many places a local parade was held to mark the holiday, such as Macy’s in New York, airing live on television. Others see football games. US troops deployed abroad are also served a traditional meal of Thanksgiving Day.

The traditional menu Thanksgiving Day is turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, although there are meat, such as “tofupavo” called, (word that combines the words tofu and turkey), made with wheat proteins and soy.

Each year, thousands of charitable organizations serve hot dinners on the Day of Thanksgiving to the needy anyone who shows up, and millions of families frozen turkeys are donated.






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