Tomorrow, Americans will celebrate
Thanksgiving, our unique holiday originating in 1621 when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered for a celebratory feast after a successful harvest. Before you settle down for a hearty meal of turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie, check out some of the facts about the day. When Uncle Louie starts in with his take on the last election, you can quickly change the subject and share your new-found trivia with the family.
GET THE FACTS
Videos, articles, and trivia are available on history.com. Watch the short videos about thanksgiving (fun facts, football, turducken, the Mayflower deconstructed, floats, and more) and read over the Fact or Fiction questions guaranteed to make your relatives think you are a genius! (Fact or Fiction: Two turkeys received a trip to Disney World to celebrate their official pardon.) Don’t miss the moving video, History Says Thanks, in which History Channel employees thank their relatives for their military service.
Looking for the other side of the story? Though some may find it controversial, the information presented on indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com is worth reading for its attempt at presenting the Thanksgiving story from the side of the Wampanoag Indians. Were they truly invited to a celebration or were they present as a way of defending settlers from danger? What disease killed two-thirds of the Indians before the Pilgrims arrived? Why were the Indians unafraid when they saw the Pilgrim ships?
FUN FOR THE KIDS
National Geographic has Thanksgiving games (trivia, puzzles, etc.) based on the holiday as well as other ideas for keeping little ones busy on Thursday. Crafts, journals, and computer games – perfect for keeping the kids out of your hair while you watch football or shop those Black Thursday and Friday sales!
If you want to really focus on the meaning of the holiday, that of being thankful, read David Hochman’s account of “going grateful” for thirty days on the Readers Digest website. In How to be Thankful and Improve Your Life, Hochman shares his adventures and how you can join him in the Be Thankful movement. The benefits can be life-changing!
From all of us at TRITECHFORENSICS, may your Thanksgiving be a special and happy one.