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Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. The tradition of Thanksgiving started in 1620 when a group of men, women and children left England on a ship called the Mayflower. The people on the Mayflower were called pilgrims, and they decided to leave England to start a new life in America. However, the voyage was not easy for them. Many of the pilgrims died because it was very cold and they didn’t have much food on the ship. After 65 long days on the Mayflower, the pilgrims finally landed in Massachusetts (Melissa’s state!). But the challenge wasn’t over yet because it was almost wintertime in Massachusetts and the pilgrims didn’t have any time to grow crops. Unfortunately, very few of them survived.

When spring finally arrived, the pilgrims got some help from the Indians (Native Americans). The Indians taught the pilgrims how to hunt, fish, and grow crops. The summer harvest very good and by November there was food for everyone. So the pilgrims wanted to celebrate and they invited the Indians to a big dinner where they gave thanks for all the food that they had. This was the first Thanksgiving!

Nowadays, the traditional Thanksgiving meal is still similar to the first. Americans eat roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, and pumpkin pie. At the beginning of the dinner, many people say what they are thankful for in their lives. All families in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving in a similar yet different way. celebrate with their families:

Here are some examples of how the English assistants


Robert normally travels with his family to Milwaukee, which is the biggest city in Wisconsin. Most of his relatives live there, so they all try to come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. At the end of November, it is very cold in Wisconsin so the food is quite heavy.

His

family

eats

the

typical

Thanksgiving food, but his favourite dishes are the desserts: pecan pie and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. At the end of the night, everyone is so full that they can hardly move!

Manuel normally goes to his grandparent’s house in the country to celebrate a big Thanksgiving family dinner. Usually everyone in his family comes to this dinner because of the food prepared by the many amateur chefs of the family including him and his father. Roast turkey is always on the menu but also sometimes his father will prepare a special plate of whole roast fish or perhaps a set of specially stuffed turkey breasts. It is a dinner that lasts from 1:00PM up until 8:30PM and where all the family comes together and shares, also they plan the Christmas celebrations during this day. Krista goes to her aunt’s house in a small town a half hour away from her house, called Buffalo Minnesota; where both lunch and dinner are served.

The dinner includes everything from

mashed potatoes, to ham and turkey, with pie for dessert. Her favourite pie is grasshopper pie, made with whipped cream and mint flavouring. Everyone brings their own appetizer to start, and her favourite is devilled eggs, which are mashed egg yolks with mayonnaise and mustard put inside the white part of the egg and cut in half. All of the family attends, and it’s a good time for them to watch American football and share what they want for Christmas.


Melissa’s favourite holiday is Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to stay at home with your family, eat, and then rest while watching football. Melissa usually stays at home with her parents, and her mother cooks an elaborate meal consisting of a large turkey, mashed potatoes, string beans, lasagne,

and

many

more

dishes.

Throughout the day, members of the family come to visit to try the different dishes, and sometimes bring their own food to share with the others. After spending more than an hour eating and having conversations with her family, Melissa enjoys pie, tiramisu, and other desserts before having a long nap.

Overall, Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for all the good things that you have in your life. Normally families go around the table to say what they are thankful for. What are you thankful for?


In the 3rd grade we have seen a presentation about the history of Thanksgiving in the English class. Then, we have made turkeys with card rolls and paper, because a roasted turkey is a typical dish in the Thanksgiving dinner.

Here you have a photo of our colourful turkeys. We hope you like them.


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