The Holiday Of Thanksgiving


Ava Meikle, Opinions

The holiday of thanks, more commonly known as Thanksgiving, is a day of lots of food, but Thanksgiving isn’t just about the big feast at the end of the day. How do you celebrate this fall holiday? Do you know the story behind why we celebrate an annual holiday of thanks?

Let’s start with ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. The most common thing people do to celebrate Thanksgiving is to have a large meal with family and friends. The most common main dish for Thanksgiving is a big turkey and lots of other side dishes to go with it. Some people make it all homemade and use family recipes.

What are some things people make on Thanksgiving day? There are lots of dishes that people make for Thanksgiving. Here are some of the more common side dishes you will see in a Thanksgiving meal. The most common side dishes are corn, glazed carrots, candied yams, brussels sprouts, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, bread rolls, stuffing, and last but not least, mashed potatoes and/or gravy. Those are some of the most common side dishes at a Thanksgiving meal. 

Most people make most of the food a day or two before Thanksgiving. They start cooking all the food that takes a long time or needs to sit overnight. Many people stay up late and early morning to cook most of the Thanksgiving dinner. 

One question most people have is, what was the first Thanksgiving meal? What food did they have there? Well, the first Thanksgiving took place in the October of 1621. They didn’t have just turkey, but lots of different kinds of birds on Thanksgiving day. They also had a large variety of greens in their meal. But why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Well, Thanksgiving celebrates the food harvest and other blessings that happened during the past year. Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all of the things that we have. 

There is lots of stuff people eat and do on Thanksgiving. Now you know some different foods you can add to your dinner or some new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving day.

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