Buckle Up for A Great Thanksgiving, Pilgrim

Article date: November 21, 2019

by Kyle Whitley


 November 28th, 2019 is the National holiday of Thanksgiving! The United States and Canada celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Some Americans believe that Thanksgiving is based on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people.

Historians, including those at Plymouth Plantation, a living museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, say that they do know there was a feast that year shared by the Colonists and the Wampanoag Indians. The Indian Squanto, who had learned English, served as a translator. This allowed the Indians to teach the Colonists how to grow crops, catch wildlife, and basically how to survive on this new land.

The American holiday is full legend and symbolism, and the traditional feast of the Thanksgiving meal usually includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. The holiday is probably one of the busiest of the year, as family members gather with one another.

Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and celebrating all the things people are grateful for in life. I'm thankful for my family because of all the love and support they give me, no matter what I want to do. Echo Kirkham, a senior, said, “I’m thankful for just being able to live life to the fullest every day.”

Everyone is grateful for at least one thing in their life even if they don’t always realize it. There are tons of things to be thankful for; good health, good friends, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, weekends and more. Eli Goodwin, a third-grader, said, “I’m thankful for all the food we get and that we get to play all day instead of doing work. I’m also thankful for football.”

People all over the nation fill their bellies with yummy food and meet up with distant relatives. Overall, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that brings families closer together and has a pretty interesting back story as to why we celebrate it in the first place.