Thanksgiving Traditions


Griffin Brumbelow, Writer

In a year that seems almost unimaginable, Thanksgiving will soon arrive reminding us to count our blessings. Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November in the United States. This year, Thanksgiving is observed on Thursday, November 26th. Our American tradition of Thanksgiving dates all the way back to 1621. The Pilgrims had arrived in November of 1620 at Plymouth Rock and held a feast to celebrate the harvest. According to,  “This first Thanksgiving was celebrated for three days, with the settlers feasting with the natives on dried fruits, boiled pumpkin, turkey, venison and much more.”

Today’s Thanksgiving is much different than in the distant past. Families gather together to eat a delicious meal including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese, and other various vegetables. After they indulge in the feast, many relax and watch football while enjoying some delightful dessert such as pecan pie, sweet potato pie, and pound cake. Many others find time to reflect on all the things they are thankful for. What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?