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Thanksgiving Day Celebrations, Traditions

Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in November and a day that we tend to gather with family and friends and give thanks for all that we have. We generally celebrate our bounties with a large festive meal that has traditionally become one of turkey as the main course with side dishes of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, yams and topped off with pumpkin pie.

The fourth Thursday in November was chosen as the day of giving thanks to mark the end of a bountiful harvest and growing season with the earliest known date of celebration occurring in 1621 by the pilgrims of Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. The pilgrims gathered with with natives of the land whom they thanked for teaching them to grow corn, catch fish and generally helping them to learn to live off of the land in a feast and celebration that lasted three days. Without the assistance of those natives, many of the early settlers would have perished. The tradition of celebration on the last Thursday of November continued and later President Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday of November to be a Federal holiday.

The tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving has changed little over time. We still gather together and give praise to the bounties we enjoy in our daily living. We still prepare huge meals using mostly the same traditional foods that the holiday began with.

Thanksgiving also is now used to mark the beginning of the Christmas holiday shopping season, with the day following Thanksgiving generally being the busiest shopping day of the year. This day is know as Black Friday for the fact that on this day is when most retail operations become profitable and enjoy marking the day in "black ink" rather than in the losing category with "red ink". Additionally retailers also have another day to mark gains in sales. This day is know as "Black Monday" for all of the online orders that they receive.

If you need some help in preparing your Thanksgiving feast, we invite you to use these links to help in your meal preparation.

Of course, there are some that don't want to go to the bother of preparing a large meal for any number of reasons. If you're one of those that would prefer to leave the cooking to someone else, we invite you to explore the Metro Malls Food Court where you will find a wide variety of restaurants, with some serving up traditional holiday fare on Thanksgiving Day.

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