Americans all over the world will celebrate Thanksgiving (or as some say “Turkey Day”) next Thursday, November 22, 2012. The Thanksgiving holiday is a day full of family traditions. Family and friends spend the day watching football games while children look forward to watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and seeing the giant balloons and live entertainment of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Did you know that Thanksgiving is the biggest day for food consumption in the United States? Households spend hours preparing feasts consisting of turkey, stuffing, corn, squash, green-bean casserole (one of my favorites), cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. For most people, Thanksgiving is a day that over eating is allowed. Words like “seconds,” “thirds,” and “leftovers” are quite common at the dinner table.
While these traditions have been carried out for years, it’s important to focus not just on the commercialized holiday but understand how Thanksgiving came to be. As Marcie said in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, “Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those early Pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by ‘Thanksgiving,’ Charlie Brown.”