Thanksgiving Challenge 2016



Fast approaching is the American Holiday of Thanksgiving. A holiday that rests at the very core of American culture and tradition first given to us as the Pilgrims and the aboriginal natives of the Americas met in solidarity and celebration of human life. This sacred American commemoration represents the central mass of the spiritual heritage of Americans: Let all come to the horn of plenty and feast at its abundance!

It is not just a Christian celebration on the common calendar, but the olive branch of friendship between people who may be different culturally and philosophically, yet, share the same bonds of humanity, the need to eat to live!

Give thanks for the diversity that is humanity.

The Challenge

Starting, 11/18/2016, I issue a friendly challenge to all willing to participate, to fashion one story for each day counting down to Thanksgiving using a word provided for that day. In total, and this is intense, seven hubs will exist by the time the challenge ends on Thanksgiving Day. These hubs can be stories, or informative articles, but must relate to giving thanks. Religion, fiction, fantasy, or any genre can be used as long as the theme of giving thanks exists along with the word of the day. The standard Hubpages rules apply regarding quality. Your hub Must feature, though there is no standard length requirement.

To signal that you are participating, the title should look like this : Thanksgiving Challenge 2016 (day of week): (word(s) of day) - (optional: catchy identifier)

Ex. Thanksgiving Challenge 2016 Friday: Cornucopia - The Great Big Horn

There is no prize that I can offer other than the good feeling you may gain from writing about being thankful. If you miss a day due to not knowing about the challenge, just start where you are. To those who accept this assignment, let's get our sharing on!

Daily Words

  1. Friday - Cornucopia is the word for this day. Give thanks in a story using this word.
  2. Saturday - Pilgrim is the word for this day. Give thanks in a story using this word.
  3. Sunday - Gratitude is the word for this day. Give thanks in a story using this word.
  4. Monday - Cornbread Stuffing are the words for this day. Give thanks in a story using these words.
  5. Tuesday - Gobble is the word for this day. Give thanks in a story using this word.
  6. Wednesday - Apple Pie are the words for this day. Give thanks in a story using these words.
  7. Thursday - Feasts of Giving are the words for this day. Give thanks in a story using these words.

In the spirit of giving thanks, thanks to all the hubbers on Hubpages who contribute daily to the standards of excellence in writing to make this community a powerful contributor of great content on the internet. May your writing muses ever sing inspiration to your eager hearts to type delightfully.

Thanksgiving Hymn of Gratitude - poetry

- by Rodric Johnson Quoted from my poetry Website listed on my bio.

Turkey Dinner is not Sweet.

Yet, sweetly meets as families greet.

Yes, sweetly greets with loving feats

Of peace around the Horn.

Speaking peace to Cherished friends?

Yes, Come In, friends. Love never ends!

So, Come In, Freinds. Let us begin

To carve the bird so Warm.

Thanks for help, seen and unseen.

Unseen or seen the blessing ring.

See, unseen blessings this Day brings

On the Thanks - giv - ing Charm.

Let there here be peace for us.

For us, we trust peace will not rust.

Will It for us rust? Nev - er Must

We lose our love so strong!

My Six Year-old's Thanksgiving Turkey

How do You Do Thanksgiving

Do You Celebrate Thanksgiving With Family or With Friends?

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Both Family and Friends
  • I do not celebrate the Holiday
See results without voting

A Song of Thanks

© 2016 Rodric Johnson

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Jodah 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

This is a good challenge, especially for American hubbers, Rodric. I am Australian and unfortunately we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, so I doubt I will be taking up your challenge. I will attempt to read any contributions written by those I follow however. I hope the challenge proves popular.

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Rodric29 2 weeks ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

The fun thing about it Jodah is that it is not about the holiday necessarily. It is about giving thanks, something the whole world can do. It is conjunction with the holiday, but my story is about a man from kSouth Africa.

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Jodah 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

Ok, Rodric. I shall see if I can do a hub for at least one day. Cheers.

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billybuc 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

Rodric, I wish I could, but honestly, there is no way for me to find the time to do this. Good luck with the challenge, and I'll be following along reading the entries.

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Rodric29 2 weeks ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Bill, I am just trying to be like you. I figure I would issue a challenge to see if it will spark someone back to writing like you sparked me back with a challenge. I don't know if many people will follow it, but I will have fun doing it. I started it suddenly, so I figure many people will not have the time to get in on the whole thing.

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kbdressman 2 weeks ago from Harlem, New York

Unfortunately I'm in the same situation Bill is! You'll have to do a weekly challenge in December or something so more of us can participate. :-)

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Rodric29 13 days ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I see kbdressman. I did hasty thing with this one. We learn and progress, though. I am new to issuing challenges and I will do a better hob next time. I plan on doing it, but I did not give enough notice to people to participate. I think people need two weeks to find the article and read it. So, next time, I will put the challenge out and have it start a week to two weeks later.

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kbdressman 13 days ago from Harlem, New York

2 weeks might be a little long. I worry some people will read it and forget about it in that time. Maybe your right? Or maybe try 10 days? (Which...if you're going to do a December weekly challenge would be today or tomorrow, aren't I so helpful! ;) )

I was excited for a good challenge. I need something to pull me out of this writers block I'm experiencing. A holiday traditions challenge could be a lot of fun! We have such a diverse group of hubbers! We could get an inside look on the different religions' holidays and how they are celebrated around the globe!

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annart 12 days ago from SW England

Sadly, I missed this challenge and now it's too late. However, I might write something based on the idea as it's inspiring. We don't have Thanksgiving here in Britain, just the big build up to Christmas. However, it's the spirit of the festivities which is important and the history is interesting.

Good challenge and inspiring idea.


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Rodric29 12 days ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks for reading Ann. I appreciate you reaching out and taking the time to make a comment. I mentioned to Bill how doing so is a form of flattery. Now that I understand that, and not in a bad sense, I plan to comment on all the works I read from this point on--even if it is just "Hi."

My next attempt at doing this I know to give us much more time to decided if we can do the challenge.

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Rodric29 12 days ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Kbdressman, you gave me inspiration for a challenge for the Christmas holiday. I am game for a 12 Days of Christmas Hub-a-thon. I thought about doing something like that, but I don't want to exhaust people's minds. We are talking about a 12 Hub Month. The good thing about something like that is that we have many days to prepared and write hubs about it before the first one would have to be posted on the 14 of December to the 25.

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kbdressman 10 days ago from Harlem, New York

My last medical school final for the semester is on Dec. 14. I might be late to start as a result, but I look forward to the challenge!

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