Holiday Traditions On Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day is observed as a secular holiday primarily in Canada and in the U.S. on the second Monday of October in Canada and the on the fourth Thursday of November in the U.S. Traditionally, the celebration usually extends to the weekend closest to the day that Thanksgiving is celebrated. It’s an important holiday in the U.S. because it is all about counting one’s blessing and sharing a meal with one’s loved ones. Thanksgiving does not represent commercialism and shopping, but a time where one can focus on the important things in life and being grateful about it such as spending time with those who truly matters in life. It is a tradition both embraced by the old and new generation to celebrate the event with the family, both the ones we choose and the one we are born into. Moreover, Thanksgiving is a time to share blessings to the less fortunate.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, one must forget the problems in the society such as unemployment, health issues, and poor economy, and must cherish the good things in life such as living life with the family, friends, and pets. Thanksgiving is the perfect moment to ponder, reflect, and pause on all that one has experienced through the spring season to enjoy the warmth and love of those important people who will see one through in the coming year.
Historically, it was the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims who celebrate the first Thanksgiving in 1621. They held a Thanksgiving feast in order to show their gratitude to the good spirits for being alive and for protecting them against diseases and harsh conditions. The Pilgrims also had a Thanksgiving to demonstrate their gratitude for the Wampanoag people for a bountiful harvest and teaching them to make the most of the land. It’s noted that the primary means of survival for the Pilgrims is to have a good harvest in order for them to sustain, and historically, the first Thanksgiving feast said to have lasted for three days.
Today, there is so much commercialization of the event, particularly because it’s a time for getting together. In fact, the Americans stress so much about it and so many suggested that one must be able to plan ahead of time such as getting an early head count of the visitors and the planning of the menu. Planning ahead makes one feel better knowing that one has the control on the approaching occasion. Making a list is also advised in order to avoid being stressed out. It is also important to seek help from family members to clean the house and get ready for the occasion such as decorating and setting the table.
One may also organize a Thanksgiving party with a delicious dinner which can create a good ambience of calmness and love where the visitors can ponder on things that make them feel grateful. It notes that in organizing a Thanksgiving party, one must purchase non-perishable items before the week of the event. In planning for the Thanksgiving meal, it is important that one must do an advanced planning. One must make a list on the appetizers, the main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. Also, one must contact friends and request their reservation at a specific date. Before Thanksgiving, the requested and contacted friends must be follow-up to determine if they are coming or not. Family members must also be contacted in order to know what each of them are bringing on Thanksgiving Day. It is important to do this since it helps one to adjust the menu plan consequently. In addition, when one has already planned on what to serve, it is needed to break down the plan to manageable tasks.