Thanksgiving: Overcooked or Overlooked?

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Layni Backus, Reporter

Food, water, shelter, family, and friends are some things that I’m thankful for. I enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving because it reminds me that I have so much to be thankful for. Although the Christmas season is “the most wonderful time of the year,” Thanksgiving is overlooked by far too many people. They get so excited about Christmas, Hanukkah, and other winter holidays, that they forget about thanksgiving. With fantastic food and spending time with friends and family, there’s no reason for thanksgiving to be skipped.

According to kids.nationalgeographic.com, the Mayflower carried the English settlers across the Atlantic Ocean to Massachusetts to settle in a “New World.” Once arrived, They met a member of the Wampanoag tribe named Squanto, who helped them grow crops and prepare for the winter. The Wampanoag tribe was a native American tribe that was already living in Massachusetts before the settlers arrived. After many meetings, the settlers and native Americans agreed to join to protect each other from the other tribes. To celebrate this agreement they had the first thanksgiving in 1621. They ate deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat. They played ball games, sang, and danced. “But it wasn’t until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings; one in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War, and the other in November to give thanks for general blessings. It’s the second one that we celebrate today.” 

Thanksgiving day is a day of peace to give thanks. It is always on the last Thursday of November. Many people in the United States and Canada celebrate Thanksgiving each year. Eating turkey, corn, bread, pie, potatoes, and more. They spend lots of time preparing for this day. Some people get too excited and go straight from Halloween to Christmas or Hanukkah, skipping thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not to be forgotten. Eating good food and hanging out with friends and family is a wonderful holiday.

In the end, I am very thankful for thanksgiving. Having three days off of school, filling up delicious food, and spending quality time with family and friends, are not to be skipped. Celebrating Thanksgiving is important because it helps you realize how much you have to be grateful for. Christmas and Hanukkah can wait at least one more month and give thanksgiving some time to shine.