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The true meaning of Thanksgiving

Jessikah Ybarra, Reporter

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Most people think Thanksgiving is a time where families makes turkey for their loved ones or watching football on their day off, but it’s more than that. Thanksgiving is a time to spend time with your family and be thankful for the things that most people don’t have. Our father of our country, George Washington, had said that Thanksgiving would be celebrated two times a year but Abraham Lincoln had said that it will only be celebrated once a year after the civil war ended in 1863 but it was not a national holiday until the 19th century. Bringing it back further into history when the first pilgrims came to the new world, they were thankful to have survive their first terrible winter with the help of the Indians living nearby. An Indian by the name of Squanto had walked into the village of the pilgrims and said “hello” in english. Squanto new the land of Massachusetts so he knew how to plant the vegetables and how to survive the winters that they had. The next year they would have a harvest of celebration to celebrate their first successful harvest. Unlike today’s traditional Thanksgiving with turkey mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, but the first Thanksgiving did not have any of these delicious foods at their dinner because it was not introduced to their New England customes just yet. Thanksgiving should be a time where people should give thanks for the things that they have that some people may not have.

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