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Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in both the United States and Canada. This year it falls on November 24. The tradition started back in 1621 by early settlers to North America from England, called Pilgrims. Legend has it that the Pilgrims were struggling to grow enough food. The indigenous people, or Native Americans, living nearby offered meat, squash and vegetables to help them. The Pilgrims and Native Americans sat down together and shared a meal and friendship.

This is also a celebration of the harvest and has continued to today as a way to give thanks for the good harvest and share a big feast with family and friends. Often a prayer to God is given before the meal starts. A roasted turkey is the most common food eaten with baked ham also popular. Side dishes include mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing (spiced bread stuffed inside the turkey as it cooks), sweet potatoes, salad, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and apple pie, and more. Family members like to watch American football before and after the meal as many college and professional football teams play on this day.

The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday. This is the biggest shopping day of the year as shopping malls are overwhelmed with anxious shoppers looking for bargains and sales. Many people buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones on this day.

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