Thanksgiving is Around the Corner by Esmeralda Barrera c/o 16

HOUSTON_”Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for another year, thank you for giving me a family, friends,and your love. In Your name I pray, Amen.”
 
This is a prayer said at the table on Thanksgiving Day. Why do you think we celebrate Thanksgiving ?
Some people say it’s a wonderful time to celebrate getting out of school or work for a long weekend. Some people just want it to be Thanksgiving because of the food. Thanksgiving: it’s not about that.
 
In 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated their first thanksgiving at the Plymouth Plantation. They celebrated giving thanks for their first harvest, in the New World of 1621. The feast lasted three days straight. The first dinner in 1621 included 53 Pilgrims and 90 Indians.
 
The meaning of Thanksgiving is to give thanks to Almighty God. In 1863, when, during the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our
beneficent Father who dwelt in the heavens”. President Roosevelt later declared it to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday rather than the fifth one in November.
 
Nowadays we spend Thanksgiving with family and our close friends.
 
We play games but some families give gifts, and eat together as a family. In our family Thanksgiving is a tradition where we all get together at 5:00pm sharp. There’s a huge table. Everyone is surrounded by loved ones. We go out to our ranch and celebrate it there.
 
In the middle of our tables we serve food and desserts. When everyone is there, we get up, hold hands, bow our heads, close our eyes  and give a prayer to our God. Once we are done praying we start the feast.
 
Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year, such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day. How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Comment below!
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