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Its almost Turkey Day - what do average or most people do on Thanksgiving-Family traditions on Thanksgiving

Updated on July 2, 2011

 Thanksgiving was founded by the first New Englend settlers in 1621.President Abriham Lincoln made thanksgiving a national holiday in november 26, 1863 an also made it every year the third Thursday in November. Lincoln did this to help sooth the national mood on the civil war. In 1941 Congress passed a bill making it the forth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated in the United States and also in Canada. In Canada it is celebrated in the secend Monday in October. Traditionally ,Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the plentiful harvest with festivals and lots of food.

Funny Turkey
Funny Turkey

 WhenThanksgiving first started the Pilgrims and Indians ate many different types of meat such as Turkey and Venison, lobster seal and swans. The best food was placed next to the important people and people ate what was placed next to them and also helped themselves instead of being served individually. They didnt get a little bit of every kind of food like today. In the 17th century vegtables werent as plentiful like today so there wasnt many to go around. The Pilgrims also did not have pies or sweets in the 17th century. The Indians also brought corn. The main dishes where meat and corn which may have looked very different as we see today.

These days I travel to my moms house about an hour away in Cuba, NY on Thanksgiving, when I have the day off work. Working in a nursing home we have to rotate what holidays they give us.Today Thanksgiving is celebrated with so many different kinds of foods such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, vetables and pumkin pie although for alot of people Thanksgiving also includes the traditional turkey. Most people do not prepair turkeys on a regular basis, although I do because I love Turkey. Turkey is one of my favorite kinds of meat. I also prepair a Turkey at my home before Thanksgiving for my own family.

 Many people become tired after eating a big Thanksgiving meal. The reason a person becomes tired is because turkey contains l-tryptophan which in large quantities has a sedetive effect on the brain. Another reason a person may become tired is because of all the carbohydrates consumed which are found in breads, potatoes and pumkin pie.


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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Ugh, I don't think I can stuff myself with all that this year. I might just have turkey and celery. Nope, can't do that, we have guests coming. Oh no, time to pull out all the traditional foods.