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Your Complete Guide to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a traditional celebration that’s all about giving thanks to our New-World heritage — and feasting on turkey and all the fixings. Here are some tips for your complete guide to Thanksgiving.

What to Serve

Turkey is a traditional main course meat to enjoy on this day of thanksgiving, and sliced ham is also a favorite. Side dishes include an extensive list of classics such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie for dessert. For a more modern-day Thanksgiving menu, serve roasted Brussels sprouts, tofu turkey as a vegetarian option, cauliflower casserole or gourmet appetizers such as mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese.

When Is Thanksgiving?

You may be eating leftovers for several days after the actual holiday, but Thanksgiving itself occurs every year on the fourth Thursday of November. It’s a day to spend with family and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television (unless you’re a New Yorker or visiting the Big Apple), which is a great way to start the day.

Giving Thanks

Showing appreciation for our heritage is important, and this day is a special salute to the Pilgrims who emigrated from England in the 1600s to seek freedom in the New World. Thanksgiving can have religious significance or a hope for prosperity, as exemplified by Thanksgiving Day prayers and a lavish meal.

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Get creative in anticipation of Thanksgiving Day by going online and finding Thanksgiving pictures to print or searching for free Thanksgiving wallpaper. You can also find uplifting quotes for Thanksgiving and perhaps collect some funny expressions to relay to family members while enjoying your holiday meal.

Things to Do on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to spend with loved ones. Many businesses have Thanksgiving holiday hours or may not be open at all. However, the year’s biggest day for shopping is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Whether you want to watch sports, play board games with the kids or enjoy classic movies, Thanksgiving is a day to relax and socialize.


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Thanksgiving Essay                     ...writing about 4 things im thankful and they are my family,Thanksgiving, Sports,and friends.. Im thankful for sports because it helps you extracize ,and you can have fun.  My favorite sport is soccer because I like running, make new friends,kicking the ball,and I love to practice because it makes you better. The best thing about soccer is that you can make new friends and run. Soccer is 1 of my favorite sport maybe you should try. I’m thankful for my family because there loving,Sweet,Kind, We watch movies together,Play games together,Go out to eat,and going to fun places. My family is the most amazing family I could have. So i’m thankful for thanksgiving because you get to have fun with you family members,invite friends,We get to say what we're thankful for,Make stuff, Watch movies,and stay up the night before thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.I’m thankful for my friends because they always help me,we  play games together like freeze tag, Hide and Seek,Hide and Seek freeze tag and some other games. We play video games together. There one of the most best friends you can ever have.

Thankful Essay

By:Gabriella F Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it makes me think about all of the things  that I am thankful for. I could not live without my loving family. I also am thankful for all my friends for being there for me and my pets. I am so thankful for all of these things. First,I am thankful for my caring family, my mom, my dad, and my brother all help me, love me, and care for me. We do so many fun activities together like games, go on vacation, and me and my brother likes to watch mom makes delicious food. My family always helps me when I need them. They are the most wonderful people I know and I appreciate them so much.

Next, I am so grateful for my friends. My friends make me so happy everyday because they are always there for me and I am always there for them. My friends enjoy playing with me. Two of my best friends  are Gia, and Reyna. We enjoy playing together, drawing, making bracelets and pretty much we do like to do everything together. As you can see friends bring out the best in you.Last,I am grateful for my pets.I love my pets because they make me happy I enjoy playing with my pets.Pets are marvelous and even though they can’t talk to you you  can still read,talk, and play with them. In conclusion, I am such a lucky person because I have such wonderful things in my life. My family,my friends, and my pets are so special to me.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it makes me think about all the things I am thankful for. I could not live without my outstanding family. I also am so happy that I have my wonderful friends. School also makes my life so fun and amazing. My life would not be the same without these happy people and things.

First, I am so thankful for my loving family. My mom, my dad, my brother, and my sister are always there for me. Whenever I am sad they always say, “I love you” and when they say that, I feel better. When I am stuck on a problem, they always help me out. They are the most loving and amazing family!!!

Next, I appreciate my amazing friends, My friends care about me whenever I am around them. Whenever I see my friends  we always have fun and a amazing time.If I need help on something they’re always there to help me. I would never be able to live without them.

Last but not least their is amazing school. School is one of the best places because it helps you learn so much. School also let’s you meet friendly friends. All the time, you get to have fun working, going on trips and way more. At school you get to do fun projects and activities. This is why school is a outstanding place!

In conclusion, I am such a lucky person because I have such wonderful things in my life. My family, my friends, and school are so outstanding to me. My life would be so boring if I didn’t have all this wonderful things. I am so unbelievably thankful for all that I have.

I love my FAMILY, FRIENDS and SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanksgiving Essay

In the1830 it was a time of no other, it was thanksgiving in Allaire village!

First, during thanksgiving in the 18 century, the villagers would wake up in the morning and go to the Church. While there at the Church, they will pray and sing songs and the people would also say prayers. The villagers would stay for about 20 to 30 minutes when they have sung their songs and prayed they would head on to the village.

Next, the village is a magical place. You can find so many things like the bakery, the black smith shop, the toy shop, the houses around and many other buildings. You will also see and hear people chatting “how is your day going so far”  “good how about yours” “good too” and the children playing “come over here”! You will see people all over the village doing all kinds of things.

Then, you know those stores I was talking about. Well, let me tell you this. In the stores, you will see something even better than the store itself! In the black smith shop you will see workers using fire and a hammer to bend metal and make something cool. In the toy shop when you first walk in, you will see wooden toys like bear toys and yo yos. Finally we get to the bakery. The bakery has amazing and delicious things. They have cranberry muffins,blueberry muffins,cranberry pie, and some plain old bread maybe.

Finally, I almost forgot about the feast.  The feast has many different foods, they will have pudding first. You might be thinking that is crazy, but its not the pudding like nowadays. In the 18 century, the pudding is actually healthy. Weird, right? Well then, time to move on. So let me tell you what they had for the feast again,  apple bread pudding,german red cabbage,indian pudding,roasted vegetables with dried cranberry, and cranberry tart like them well that is the food in the 18 century. Sounds delicious!!!

I guess that is how it was during thanksgiving in the 18 century .But what thanksgiving is really about is it is the time for family and friends to gather together to be thankful for what we have.   

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Rachel Perla, a freshman at Christian Brothers Academy, wrote this essay for the November 23 Voices page.

By Rachel Perla My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Not only because I was born on it, but because sometimes things can get very hectic and complicated and it is good to step back, relax and be with your family and friends to give thanks. I am very thankful for everything that has happened to me in life and all the opportunities I have. I am especially thankful for my family, my health and my friends.

Family to me is the most important thing a person needs and can have. It is good to know that no matter what your family will always be behind you. My family is extremely close. My brother and one of my cousins are my best friends and I can tell them everything. Without them I probably wouldn’t be the same. My cousins are like brothers and sisters to me. I realize that a lot of people don’t have a family like I do, that is why I am so thankful.

My health is another thing that I am very thankful for. I am fortunate that I am able to walk, talk, eat, and breathe.

My friends are also a very important part of my life. I love the friends that I have and I would not trade them for the world. I know that I can trust them all; we all can be ourselves around each other and we always have a great time.

I am grateful for a lot of things, but these three mean the most to me. I never want to lose any of these things. I know that my family and friends will always be there for me which makes me very thankful.

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Thanksgiving at Excel English Institute

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for all the abundance and joy we have in our lives. So, we asked our students what they are thankful for.

Our Students Tell Us What They Are Thankful For

“Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful about all God’s gifts. I am very grateful about my family. I think they are the most important thing in my life. When I see my sibling smiling and my parents walking holding hands, I feel blessed. These are the small details that make me happy.”

Elena Maracaibo, Venezuela

“We have to recognize the blessings of life every day. Today I am grateful for having new opportunities to learn and know new cultures. I am thankful for health and my family. I am grateful for being in Dallas.”

Rochelle Costa Porto Alegre, Brazil

“I’m thankful for my life. There are a lot of good things that I love and am grateful for. My family is amazing, and my friends are awesome. I’m glad that I have a degree in medicine. It’s good that I can improve my skills in English. I have opportunities to develop myself and I am thankful for that.”

Elizaveta Medvedeva Chelyabiusk, Russia

“This year was a big year for me, maybe the most remarkable year of my life. I am thankful for all what my mother fought and achieved. It is thanks to her that I have this wonderful life. I am grateful that this year I could build a strong relationship with my brother and father. And I am blessed for being healthy and having a stable life with those who want me well.”

Bruna Gaspar Lisboa, Portugal

“I want to thank my classmates. Since coming to this school, I have met many classmates from other countries. Their cultures are so amazing, and I really enjoy every moment in the class. Thanks to my friends again!”

Phoebe Taipei, Taiwan

“I am grateful for studying English here. After starting working, I felt my English was really poor and I needed to learn English. I am glad that I made it. I wish my English will soon be fluent like a native.”

Jiyeon South Korea

“There are many things that I am thankful for. First and foremost, I am thankful for my parents who gave me birth in this world. I am what I am today all because of them. Secondly, I am thankful to all my family members who have been around me directly and indirectly during my good and bad times. Thirdly, I am thankful to all my teachers who taught me good behavior and discipline. Fourthly, I want to thank Excel English Institute too, which has improved my English language. Finally, I am thankful to this beautiful nature which has continuously supplied my oxygen to breathe and survive. In conclusion, I grateful to many things in life.”

Subodh Ale Kathmandu, Nepal

“I am so grateful that my family and I have healthy lives. I went to church yesterday morning. The minister said, “You are 40% of the luckiest people if you wake up without feeling terrified and have clean water for drinking and food for eating.” After I heard that, I just realized how grateful I am to live in a peaceful environment. I’m so happy to have family and friends and thank God every day.”

Estrella Tianjin, China

“The first thing I am thankful for is my husband and our lives that we are creating for us here. For the small things that he does for me every day and for being just a great husband. The second thing is for my family and how even when they are far away, they look out for me and like to be present in my life. The third thing is for God, who is always with me every second of the day, protecting me and helping me. And the last thing is for just being alive and having this great life and great people next to me.”

Gabrielle Unglaub Sao Paulo, Brazil

“I am so glad to have a chance to learn with others in Excel school. All students here have their dreams and every one of them is working on them with solid steps. The faculty is very knowledgeable and warm-hearted. Moreover, the school holds different themed activities each month to help foreign students understand American culture and each other. I will choose Excel Institute again if I have to do it again.”

Patrick Li Shanghai, China

“I’m thankful for being here. Some people can’t take enough classes, but I can take enough classes and go to the US to learn English. So I should be thankful for this situation and my parents as well.”

Ken Tokyo, Japan

“My name is Khoa Bui (my English name is Jason). I’m from Vietnam. This is my first holiday in America. I actually had a plan to live and work in Japan before, but the plan changed from last year. I want to say THANK YOU to those who have supported me in these times. I am also very lucky to be able to transfer my Master’s degree without taking the time to relearn. Besides that, I also have a plan to apply for Master’s and PhD scholarships in the future. I think I’m very lucky and happy because so many favorable and good things have come to me at this time.”

Jason Vietnam

“I am thankful for my family who are always with me in the good and bad moments. I’m also thankful for this life because it teaches me everyday, and for my friends who are always there to talk, share good times and support and love me. I am also grateful for surfing because it is a sport that helps me disconnect from the bad days, and for teachers who help me to be a better in my profession and as a person.”

Javier Lima, Peru

“My name is Benji. I’m from Thailand. Thank you for friends in Colorado and my boyfriend. Last week we made the trip to this wonderful place. It was so much fun and will always be a good memory. We cooked dinner together for the first day and the day after that we drove our car to the mountain and stayed a couple of nights at a hotel. It snowed all day and I made a snowman and stayed in a hot tub with snow all around. That was so good. I loved it!”

Benji Thailand

“I am grateful for my family and for my friends. I am grateful for this year because I met great people that I now call friends. I am grateful for all the projects I carried out this year and to my family that is always with me. I am grateful for good health just like every member of my family. I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy and happy.”

Anahi Manzanares Mexico

“My name is Shima. I’m from Iran. Today I want to write about some things that I am thankful for. When I start to count them, I find they are many and many things that I am thankful for. I am thankful to breathe the air because if I couldn’t, I would die. It’s a very basic thing, but it’s important. I am thankful for everything that I have and for having love in my heart that helps me. I love everybody, and I don’t have contempt. I am thankful for when I see happy and successful people. This makes me happier. I am thankful because I am not jealous with other people. I am thankful for my family because they are always with me. When I have them, I am not alone. I am thankful for a healthy body because of this I am able to do everything that I need to do. I am thankful for the space that I have for life. Many people do not have this, but I have it. I am thankful for everything that I have and I pray for everybody to have everything they need. I am thankful for my mom more than anything in the world. She is the most important person in my life. She teaches me to have patience in live, love everybody, help everyone and she always teaches me to be a good person for myself. She said when you are good for yourself, you will be a good person for the other people. I have many many things to be thankful for. “

“I am thankful to be able to sit in my comfy chair at home after a tiresome day, then put on my headset and listen to relaxing music.”

Davi Brazil

“I am thankful for many different parts of my education. I have the opportunity to grow up in schools with wonderful students in a great learning environment. Not every child has as good of luck as I do, which I feel very special about. If I had to pick one thing that I’m most thankful for, it would be my teachers throughout school. I have had wonderful teachers. Our teachers have always been wonderful role models, someone I can look up to and admire. The teachers that we have always taught us the correct way to learn, respect others and to always try and do the best. I can’t thank my teachers enough for all the things they have done and do throughout my life. Without teachers, children wouldn’t be able to learn, grow to their fullest potential and shine in the real world. Teachers don’t get enough credit for all that they do. I wish people would come to realize how important they are.”

Krisztina Romania

“I’m thankful for everything. The important thing I’m really thankful for is my parents because they do many things for me, and they make my life as comfortable and loving as possible. They taught me to be a good person. I’m grateful for my friends. They always stay with me when I need them. When I was really weak, they were there for me. They are the only people I can show my emotions to. I’m grateful for music. It helps me a lot when I am tired. The last thing I want to be thankful for is books. For me, books bring joy and lesson. I learn a lot from books, proverbs, and things that we use in our lives. These things have made me more clear and mature. “

Nhi Vietnam

“I am grateful for this beautiful year of my life in which I have had the opportunity to live many beautiful experiences like having my family healthy and happy. I am thankful to have work and be able to study at the same time. I have also had a lot of abundance in every way like food, housing, and good relationships with family and friends. I also appreciate the opportunity to be a very productive person. In conclusion, I am so grateful for all the good things in my life because it makes me happy and even the bad things because I have learned and improved.”

Magui Mexico

“There are many things I am grateful for in the world. One of them is trees. The reason why I am thankful for them is that they make me feel refreshed. First, they usually give fresh air, so I get rid of stress when I drive through them. Next, they have green leaves in spring and summer, so I feel refreshed looking at them. Third, there are yellow, orange and red leaves in fall, so it makes me in a good mood. Finally, the snow on the branches and twigs is so beautiful in winter. I relieve stress by seeing it. In conclusion, I am so grateful for trees.”

Songhee Seoul, South Korea

“What I am thankful for is the strangers who helped me in the past, who are helping me now and who will help me in the future.”

Anonymous TOEFL

“I am thankful for the opportunity that I have to still continue with my studies in English. I am aware that if I do my best and if I put in all my thoughts, attention, motivation, inspiration and all my heart, I will become a teacher soon.”

“I am thankful for my daughter, Nimerah. She is the most precious gift from God. She motivates me when I feel I am losing sight of my goals. She inspires me when there is no hope. Moreover, she is a light in the darkness.”

Meenaz TOEFL

“I’m thankful for understanding that life is not a piece of cake. Being able to accept this fact about life and learning to handle it is why I am thankful.”

Desiree TOEFL

“I’m thankful to the good people that helped to grow, and also for the people that didn’t want to helped me by showing me what not to do.”


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Essay About Thanksgiving Day Template (1000 Words)

Thanksgiving is also about being grateful for and appreciating what we have. We become too preoccupied with our daily life from time to time to remember how honored we are. For example, we should be thankful for being well, for having food on the table, for having a place to live, and for a variety of other things.


Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity. We do so by thinking about others who aren’t as fortunate as we are. When I worked at Good Shepherd Hospital, I recall that every November, especially on Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day, people from various associations, and even people who didn’t belong to any, came to see patients who had been hospitalized for a long time, or who were destitute, or who had no family.

Perhaps we can do that throughout the year at the same time, but if we haven’t already, Thanksgiving is the reminder of the year for remembering what we should be grateful for.

Tradition Of Giving and Sharing Thanksgiving

Another unique aspect of Thanksgiving is the tradition of giving and sharing. It all starts with giving each other food. People donate money and food to local charities such as the Salvation Army, with the money being distributed to those who are in need. Others volunteer their time at food rescue organizations such as Manna Food. While there, the volunteers organize, pack, and distribute the presents in time for Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving Day.

During the time when many families attend or host Thanksgiving parties – and enjoy sharing the food and joy with their loved ones – a large number of volunteers are heading to deliver pre-prepared meals to families who are in need. People and families may be unable to arrange or purchase Thanksgiving dinner due to a variety of factors such as poverty, illness, or vagrancy.

 Each year, a few weeks before Thanksgiving, the volunteers at Shady Grove Hospital’s volunteer office were engrossed in pressing the presents that had been produced by the clinic’s employees. Assisting with that cycle made me feel warm and content in an inexpressible way.

Thanksgiving offers a basic, mainstream, and universal message that may be followed by people of many backgrounds, beliefs, and civilizations. The message of contentment, thoughtfulness, and gratitude is about each individual’s essence, not about race, color, religion, or sexual orientation.

Occasion For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has a special place in my heart since my better halves and my younger child’s birthdays fall around Thanksgiving, even in some instances on Thanksgiving Day. My better half’s birthday is November 24, and my child’s birthday is November 23. During our Thanksgiving celebration, we usually host a separate event. 

Rather than traveling to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving, I host my own gathering, and in addition to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, I prepare my significant other’s and children’s favorite foods. In my family, another unique aspect of Thanksgiving is the birthday cake. We have pumpkin pie and a birthday cake on the table. 

It’s almost impossible to request a birthday cake on Thanksgiving Day and find an average, but novel, the birthday cake is even more difficult. It’s incredible to have two birthday parties at the same time as Thanksgiving, and it makes me realize how fortunate I am.

For some Americans, the Thanksgiving celebrations aren’t complete until they go out shopping on Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving. Many retailers provide reduced prices on a variety of items, and many people spend their whole Friday shopping at different locations. Every Black Friday, one of my friends finishes her Christmas shopping. 

She has a list of goods she needs as well as a list of shops she must visit. She claims to put away a large sum of money, but I’m not sure whether I would choose to do so. I believe it is more about advertising and how much shops need to sell, and people believe they are getting a great deal when in reality they are just getting a good deal.

How Does Thanksgiving Actually works in America

Thanksgiving is an American holiday that brings joy and love to almost everyone’s dinner table. Thanksgiving has taught me that I may share my joy with people without being associated with a certain race, religion, or group. Overall, I am able to function normally while still observing Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for family to come together, celebrate, eat, and buy. As a foreigner, I am grateful to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family and friends in my hometown.

I want to maintain celebrating Thanksgiving, but I think it’s also important to remember to be thankful all of the time, not just on Thanksgiving Day. Every year, I remember myself to not only be glad on the day but to share my gratitude with others. Being appreciative may make a person happier because they will notice the worth in things they often overlook. 

On Thanksgiving Day, many families go around the table and express their gratitude for something. When I ask myself this question, it makes me think, yet there is so much to be thankful for. The great majority of people spend their time grumbling, yet this is a terrible quality of life.

Thanksgiving isn’t simply a day for me to reflect on all of the good things in my life; it’s also a time for me to forget about all of the problems. I believe that if people could learn to focus in this way on the positive aspects of daily life, they would be able to enjoy each day more. There would be less contempt on the world, and people would learn to respect the little, often noticed things that brighten their days.

Thanksgiving is essential because it is a pleasant and popular event in which we express gratitude, something that we don’t do nearly enough of anymore. It’s also a gathering celebration in the autumn. It’s a great time to get together with friends and family and express gratitude for our blessings.

What does Thanksgiving mean to me?

Thanksgiving has historically been seen as a religious occasion in which people express gratitude to God. The first Thanksgiving was held to honor God and the Native Americans for assisting the Pilgrims in surviving the hard winter conditions.

What is thanksgiving to God?

Thanksgiving in the Bible refers to expressing thankfulness for God’s kindness and grace. In the Old Testament, the term “thanksgiving” signifies “raising hands to God in appreciation.”

Why is Thanksgiving so important?

Thanksgiving is significant because it is a pleasant, secular festival in which we express thankfulness, which is something we don’t do nearly enough these days. It’s also a harvest festival in the autumn.

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I Am Thankful | Four Paragraph Thanksgiving Essay Project

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Practice four paragraph essay writing with this fun, no prep Thanksgiving themed writing activity! Students will choose two things that they are thankful for to write about. The four paragraphs will include an introduction, conclusion, and two body paragraphs.

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