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Thanksgiving Traditions - Group Symposium

Angela, Sam and Toi

Angela Beadle

on 2 December 2014

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Transcript of Thanksgiving Traditions - Group Symposium

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Thanksgiving Traditions
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What are Thanksgiving Values?
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What is the origin?
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What is the history?

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What is Thanksgiving Entertainment?

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What is the history?
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What is the origin?
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What are Thanksgiving Foods?
What is the origin?

What is the history?

We all have our own traditional Thanksgiving meals, values and traditions. Today we will share with you what these are, the history and the origin of the holiday.
Group Symposium
Presentation by:
Angela Beadle, Toi Pierce and Sam Sanchez
George A. Richards
In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln named the last Thursday in November as a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens" (2014, Collected works of Abraham Lincoln)
Thanksgiving has been celebrated and recognized as a national holiday ever since.
There is some debate about the "first thanksgiving".
The tradition is commonly traced to the early 1600's.
Pilgrims at Plymouth plantation in 1621.
A Native American named Squanto, who learned English when enslaved in England, taught the settlers how to grow corn, catch eel, and other useful tools for their survival.
After their first successful harvest, early settlers celebrated. This first celebration in 1621 is often referred to as the "first thanksgiving".
Thanksgiving - a celebration of the gratitude felt for the good things in life, and giving thanks to God.
Thanksgiving is a tradition and holiday that allows people to take a break from fast-paced lives.
Friends and family gather in a communal celebration, taking the time to give thanks to people, events, blessings, and good fortune.
Relatives travel to spend time with family.
Prayer before meals.
This value of "giving thanks" is a tradition practiced by many religions.
Friday - Shabbat.
Thanksgiving is traditionally a religious holiday, celebrated to give thanks to God.
According to history.com, Thanksgiving has been recognized as a national holiday since 1863 due to President Lincoln's declaration. However, George Washington, John Adam, and James Madison were all presidents who urged Americans to practice in a day of thanksgiving in response to general good fortune and to events such as the adoption of U.S. Constitution.

First Thanksgiving Feast
Pilgrims learned to grow corn, beans and pumpkins from the Indians, which helped all of them survive . In the autumn of 1621, they held a grand celebration where 90 people were invited including Indians. The grand feast was organized to thank god for his favors. This communal dinner is popularly known as “The first thanksgiving feast”. There is however, no evidence to prove if the dinner actually took place.
Day of Fasting and Prayer
In the summer of 1621, owing to severe drought, pilgrims called for a day of fasting and prayer to please God and ask for a bountiful harvest in the coming season. God answered their prayers and it rained at the end of the day. It saved the corn crops.
"The First Thanksgiving," the 1621 feast between the Pilgrims and
the Wampanoag at Plymouth Colony contained turkey, waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. William Bradford noted that, "besides waterfowl, there was great store of wild turkeys,. Many of the foods that were included in the first feast (except, notably, the seafood) have since gone on to become staples of the modern Thanksgiving dinner.
Food today
Turkey Ham Chitterlings Cranberries Potato Salad Rolls Dressing
Greens Cakes Gravy Cornbread Muffins Duck Stuffing Sweet Potato Pie Corn Mashed Potatoes Pumpkin Pie Green Beans
Thanksgiving is America's preeminent day. This is a national holiday and is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in the month of November. Its origin can be traced back to the 16th century when the first Thanksgiving dinner is said to have taken place.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Black Friday Shopping
Turkey Trot Races
College games began in 1876, NFL Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924.
Black Friday was first recorded in 1966.
Turkey Trot Races began in 1896.
Volunteering continues the legacy of compassion.
The 3 day celebration began in 1621. Besides meals, the event included recreation and entertainment according to written accounts from Colonist Edward Winslow and William Bradford.
Thank you for listening to us share our knowledge about Thanksgiving traditions, Thanksgiving meals, and the values that Thanksgiving represents.

Take the time to reflect on your own Thanksgiving traditions and values, what are you thankful for this year?
Presentation by:
Angela Beadle
Toi Pierce
Samantha Sanchez
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