Celebrating Thanksgiving

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Wow ! It’s already Monday & Thanksgiving here in the USA  is Thursday with shopping deals around the corner. My today’s post is all about the holiday –

As a homeschool do you celebrate it ? Take a break ? What do you teach?

As a parent in a public on line school -we actually have the week off from regular schedule school. You can do make up work or like us research papers that need working on for end of semester. Like most of America we will celebrate Thursday with friends & family and give thanks . But in this post I thought I would share some history and links for the holiday.

History:

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.History Channel

Why Turkey?

Since Bradford wrote of how the colonists had hunted wild turkeys during the autumn of 1621 and since turkey is a uniquely American (and scrumptious) bird, it gained traction as the Thanksgiving meal of choice for Americans after Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

Mayflower History .com Thanksgiving

Most of these facts are based on facts & research but like most Holidays we celebrate sometimes fact become mixed with fiction . And a fable/story is born. But we know that it was a time to give Thanks – So Thank You for stopping Bye today.

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book link

From the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic to the first harsh winter to the delicious Thanksgiving feast, all the excitement and wonder of the Pilgrims’ first year in America is captured in this vivid retelling that is perfect for the youngest historians.

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