Wednesday, November 27, 2013

3rd Grade - Thanksgiving 11/2013 - What is Thanksgiving?


What is Thanksgiving? Do you know where the holiday came from? Do you know some of the myths of thanksgiving?



For me Thanksgiving is about remembering how we got to where we are. Remembering those who came before us to help us get where we are. It is a chance to get together with family and friends and think about our history as well as look to the future. And honestly, for me, it's also a little bit about football. Eating and watching football has always been a big part of Thanksgiving in my family. We have a football tradition, every year we play the "Turkey Bowl". The Turkey Bowl is a 1 hour touch-football game where we split the family into 2 teams and play before we eat. It's all in fun, and it works up an appetite.

Your assignment:


  • What does Thanksgiving mean to you? 
  • Why do you think we celebrate it? 
  • How do you celebrate it? 
  • What are your family's traditions?


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Thank you, and have a good Thanksgiving...






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117 comments:

EamonK said...

To me Thanksgiving is a holiday where we celebrate how we came to America. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving to remember the native americans and pilgrims friendship at the first Thanksgiving feast. You can also tell from its name that its also about giving thanks. Sometimes my family goes to a friends house. I know a tradition that everybody who celebrates Thanksgiving does,eat roast turkey!

Francesca E said...

To me Thanksgiving is a day that gives you a chance to say what you are thankful for and to think how lucky we are. I celebrate Thanksgiving because it represents what the Pilgrims did when they were thankful to the Native Americans who helped them settle. Our family celebrates by having a feast and each bringing our favorite dish. I always make pumpkin pie. Our number 1 tradition is celebrating at our cousins house, but this year they are on a trip. So, this year we will go to a different cousin's house in New Jersey. We celebrate with my mom's side of our family with lots of relatives and food.

Emmet H said...

To me Thanksgiving means family coming together and enjoying the people we love. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving to give thanks for what we have. I celebrate Thanksgiving with my friends and family. One of my family traditions is going to my Grandmas house.

EamonK said...

To me Thanksgiving is about celebrating how we first came to America.I think we celebrate Thanksgiving to remember the native americans and pilgrims friendship at the first Thanksgiving feast. You can tell from its name that it is celebrated to give thanks too. Sometimes my family goes to a friends house. I know a thing all people who celebrate Thanksgiving do, eat turkey!

EleanorC said...

To me, Thanksgiving is a time to stop and honor the people who helped us make it here. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because we can remember and thank the people who make our country better. It's also a time to celebrate with friends and family. The way we celebrate Thanksgiving is we have my grandparents come, and we have good friends come over. My family's traditions are we always, and I mean ALWAYS watch the Thanksgiving day parade. And we also ALWAYS eat turkey!

JeremiahD said...

To me thanksgiving means seeing family members that we ussually don't see and getting together to have a feast. I think we celebrate thanksgiving because thats ussually the day that we get together also because thats the day you get to be together with all your family members. I celebrate thanksgiving by going to my grandmothers house in new Jersy we eat dinner we play games and we just have fun. We have a big thanksgiving feast and alot of food is prepared we sit as a big family and pray. My family's tradition is that we pray we eat alot of food and we have fun.

CaitlinO said...

To me Thanksgiving is when family gets together and eats a feast, a huge feast!It also means giving thanks. At Thanksgiving I go to my grandma's house. We eat turkey, stuffed mushrooms, and rice. We always watch the Thanksgiving day parade. Then we watch a movie and go home.

John O. said...

To me Thanksgiving means celebrating the discovery of our country,the first Thanksgiving feast,spending time with family,and eating turkey!I think the main part of Thanksgiving is giving thanks.I spend most of Thanksgiving watching and playing football. I also watch the Thanksgiving parade. I eat at my grandmother's house. I hate turkey so she makes me pasta and meatballs.

HaleyH said...

What does Thanksgiving mean to me?
To me Thanksgiving is about being thankful. Being thankful for where we live. The Pilgrims, and the Native Americans; and I gotta say, we have to be thankful for Turkeys. It's all in the story of Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims came to Plymouth and the native americans helped them settle in. Then they had a big thanksgiving feast. And that is how our home began.
Why do I think we celebrate it?
I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because , one, to bring back the memories of how we got our home. Number two, to spend time with the ones we love. Thanksgiving can also remind us to be thankful.
How do I celebrate it?
My family celebrates Thanksgiving by having dinner. Turkey, potatoes, dressing, gravy, and biscuits. Then dad puts on the T.V and we watch football.
What are my family traditions?
We always invite family and friends. But besides that, we usually do each Thanksgiving differently. So we don't really have Thanksgiving traditions.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mariya S said...

For me Thanksgiving means remembering Sarah Hale and celebrating with my family and friends. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving to be thankful for what we have. I always celebrate Thanksgiving by hosting a party and by going to a relative or friends house. My family's tradition is meeting with family and friends and sharing a roasted turkey and having lots of fun!

NathanielV said...

To me Thanksgiving means to give thanks to stuff like my family and my friends and spending time with my family and eat a lot of food. I think I celebrate Thanksgiving because so I can celebrate giving thanks to stuff and spending time with my family while I give thanks. I celebrate Thanksgiving by bringing food to my house or my family members house and doing games and eating food with my family. My family traditions are Christmas and not really but Halloween of course Thanksgiving.

FreyaB said...

To me Thanksgiving means friends get together and give thanks. Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes,pie and gravy! Thanksgiving is a holiday where people get together. I think Thanksgiving is just a big feast where people eat!
This is Thanksgiving

TeyjalH said...

For me Thanksgiving is a time where you come together with your family and say what you're thankful for. I think I celebrate Thanksgiving to remeber the first Thanksgiving. Also, we take time to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. I celebrate the holiday by going to Long Island with my family and enjoying dinner there. My family traditions include going to other family members houses. we always eat the Thanksgiving turkey,mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.we also play fun games.

Oliver.O said...

Thanksgiving means to me that I get a day off from school.
we celebrate thanksgiving to remember how the Native Americans helped the Pilgrims and also to remember what we are thankful for. I celebrate it by having dinner with my family. My family's tradition is to eat a vegetarian meal because we do not eat turkey.

DianaE said...

What Thanks giving means to me is having a great time
On this holiday with my family , and watching the parade
On T.V or out side . How I celebrate it is I wake up in the morning and help my mom get the turkey ready for everyone and then I help my mom set the table and get
ready to go to the parade.

Muhammad U said...

What Thanksgiving means to me is celebrating good times with your family. We celebrate it to appreciate our family and friends. My family celebrates it by inviting relatives and friends and we all hang out and eat a big dinner in my house. And we always visit our grandma's house on Thanksgiving.

Lucas R. said...

For me and my family Thanksgiving means giving thanks to what we have. I think we celebrate it because the Native Americans shared their land and food to the Pilgrims. We celebrate it by watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day Parade on T.V. Then we go to my grandmas house and eat lots of food. Our traditions are, playing, eating, and eating deserts together.

TosanO. said...

Thanksgiving is a special time when you thank your parents for eveything. On thanksgiving you put a huge feast and watch a parade. Thanksgiving also means you give thanks. so when I have thanksgiving I am going have great time.

Deasia B. said...

Thanksgiving is when you give thanks for whats important and how you choose to live. You eat turkey and you gather with your family to eat. Thanksgiving is important because you are celebrating your family. My mom always cooks at home and then I go to see both of my grandmas and uncles and aunts. We have a lot of food and it is always sooooo much food. This Thanksgiving is special because it is my little sister's first thanksgiving.

EvanB said...

thanksgiving means to me. Turkey cookies and parties. I celebrate thanksgiving because we think it is right to be thankful for the people who made thanksgiving thanksgiving and we want them to feel happy. The tradition that my family and I do is when it is Christmas we visit my grandma's house on a mountain.

CheoLW said...

To me Thanksgiving is a time to think of what you are thankful for and to enjoy what life has for you. When I hear the word Thanksgiving I think of turkey, pumkin pie and being happy for the stuff you have. The holiday came from when the pilgrims came to America. The pilgrims wanted to be thankful for the food they had so the pilgrims and Native Americans had a feast.

Vanessa B said...

Thanksgiving is about the pilgrims that came to America on a ship called the Mayflower. For me I bake pies on thanksgiving, an apple pie and a pumpkin pie.
My favorite is the pumpkin pie. I celebrate Thanksgiving at my aunts house. I celebrate Thanksgiving with my grandparents my aunts and my uncles. And that is how I celebrate Thanksgiving.

JailaT said...

Thanksgiving to me is thanking God for providing food and shelter for me and my family. It also means eating the food God has provided for us. On Thanksgiving my entire family comes over. We play games, we talk, we eat and we pray. Before my family comes over my mom and dad and grandma cook food and family members bring food to share. Sometimes I help them cook.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that shared throughout the United Sates. The pilgrims came over from the old world to the new world and shared a meal with the Indians who were already settled here.
I don't know the myths of Thanksgiving.

ZoharS said...

I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because it is important to say thank you to people that help us, and also important to think about things that are important to our lives.
This was my first Thanksgiving and we went to the Macy's Day Parade. I hope that Thanksgiving will become a tradition in my family.

Miranda Y said...

To me Thanksgiving is coming close to family that you haven't seen in a while. It's also about family gathering together. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because we want to tell and show or family and friends that we are thankful for them and our world right now. Usually my family and I celebrate it by first we go to my dad's side of the family then my mom's. One of our traditions is each person gets assigned their own dish to make. Also this year we started to decorate the tree early because my aunt isn't going to be here for Xmas.

Juana M. said...

Thanksgiving means to me, that ou
give thanks to the people that are
around you. I think we have have
Thanksgiving because of the Native
Americans haring food wit Christopher
Columbus and the Pilgrims united and
ate together having a big feast. The
way I celebrate Thanksgiving is by
visiting my family members that I
haven't seen for a long time.

Mia .F. said...

To me Thanksgiving is just really being with my family.My grandma, grandpa, and uncle always come over for dinner. Before dinner we say what we are thankful for.THEN dig in. But in the morning we ALWAYS watch the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. [And we watch football no matter what.]

Hana G said...

To me Thanksgiving means to get together with my extended family.I think we celebrate it because we need sometime during the year to think about what we are thankful for.We go to my Grandparent's house in Connecticut and everybody goes up stairs where everything is set up for a giant feast.The most amount of people that ever came was over 40!
Before we sit down, my Uncle Ronnie asks everyone to think about what they are thankful for over the past year.

ReneenM said...

To me Thanksgiving is a day family gets together to celebrate the things that we are thankful for. We
celebrate Thanksgiving with lots of different foods and speeding time with our family and friends. Our family tradition is to visit one another with different dishes.

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JadaC said...

JadaC
1. Thanksgiving means lots of food, music, praying and family members coming over to visit.
2.I believe people celebrate Thanksgiving because people can make a lot of food and everyone shares it.
3.The way my family celebrates it is we go around the table and pray and say what we are thankful for and then eat.
4.Our tradition is praying around the table holding hands. Eating turkey, ham, fish, rice, callalou, fried chicken and cranberry sauce to name a few things.

jeffrey h. said...

For me thanksgiving is about remembering those who
came before us to help get where we are.It is a chance to get together with your family and friends and think about our history as well to look to the
future.Honestly,for me it's also a little bit about
giving thanks.Eating and playing games has always
been a big part of thanksgiving in my family tradition.
We play sorry a hour and a half and then we dig in to
eat.

DoraS said...

To me, Thanksgiving means to think about what were thankful for. I try to come up with at least 2 things that I'm thankful for.I think we celebrate thanksgiving because we want to remember the day the pilgrims came and the indians saved them from starving to death.I celebrate thanksgiving by going over to my grandfathers girlfriends house and we all get together and have a big feast. Our tradition in my family is we make something to eat and then get together and thank each other for making something.

JosephS said...

To me Thanksgiving is a holiday were we get to eat turkey.We celebrate Thanksgiving because of the pilgrims coming to America. The tradition of my family is to make a ginger bread house and saying what we are grateful for.

MaksR said...

To me Thanksgiving means to celebrate the day of the harvest. I celebrate Thanksgiving by invitnig my family memebers to my house. Me and my parents prepare the turkey and other food. The other foods are mashed potatos, crandberry sauce and vegetables. Our family doesn't have any traditions because Thanksgiving isn't celebrated where I come from.

LukeB said...

To me Thanksgiving is a time when we celebrate with our family. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because it's a time t have everyone together and have fun. I celebrate Thanksgiving by having a big feast with my family and say what we are thankdul for,and after dinner we go outside and play football. Our Thanksgiving traditions are me and my brother play the piano for my grandma, my moms uncle, my cousins grandma and my mom and dad.

MarleyA said...

For me Thanksgiving is to give thanks and enjoy family.Honestly for me it's about putting up the Chirstmas tree after the Thanksgiving feast.Before me and my family eat we say what were thankful for but that's sometimes boring. So that's Thanksgiving for me.

MiloS said...

• What does Thanksgiving mean to you?
o A time for family to be together
o A time to eat a lot
o A time to help and be thankful for the good stuff in life
o Four days off from school!

• Why do you think we celebrate it?
o Because of the Pilgrim settlers and they invited the Massasoit Native American tribe to a feast.
o And because Thanksgiving was actually almost lost and Sarah Hale sent letters to about 7 U.S. Presidents and Abraham finally said “yes.” He thought it might bring some happiness during the difficult times of the Civil War.


• How do you celebrate it?
o We celebrate it by going to my grandparents (“Abuelo and Abuela”) in Pawling, N.Y., and eating a lot of turkey and stuff. And sometimes we have gone to my Uncle Rich’s house, or even hosted it ourselves.
o My Mom, Dad, Sister, and I make food, but mostly we make desserts. This year we made Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Cranberry Pie, and mini Pecan Pies.


• What are your family's traditions?
o My sister and I, when we are done eating a lot of Turkey, we go under the Table, take shoes off our guests, and mix them up. Sometime we put napkin in the shoes. It’s pretty hilarious to see everybody’s reaction, but some people seem to like it.
o When we host it, we put a little place setting that says something you should be grateful for. And then we go around the table and everyone reads their saying.
o Every year my Dad toasts something and this year he toasted that he was sorry his Uncle Jack was in the hospital and wasn’t able to make it, but he was grateful that he and his two brothers were together for the first Thanksgiving in 30 years.



Aaliyah.G said...

Thanksgiving to me means to remember what we are thankful for. I celebrate Thanksgiving because its part of my culture. My mom, grandma and aunts do all the cooking. My family celebrates by having a big feast. We eat and spend time together. We traditionally have thanksgiving at my house, and we all dress up, eat turkey and enjoy each others company.

Jorden H. said...

I celebrate Thanksgiving because it is a American tradition and it is a good time to be with family. My family tradition is that we pray. Thanksgiving means to me when my family comes together and celebrate Thanksgiving. I celebrate Thanksgiving by eating turkey with my family and have salad and pasteles.

MarcelV. said...

Thanksgiving mean a nice thankful day.I celebrate thanksgiving to be with my family and bray to god.I celebrate thanksgiving be going to my moms house.My family tradition is to go to my ant houses and playing football.

MariaA said...

To me thanksgiving means to celebrate who you are thankful for.I think why we celebrate thanksgiving is because we give thanks to everybody in your family.How I celebrate thanksgiving is that we celebrate my moms birthday on thanksgiving and her birthday is only about three days before thanksgiving. Our family tradition is to celebrate my moms birthday on the same day we also have a small party with my family.

Katherine T said...

To me, thanksgiving is a time when we are thankful for what we have. I think we celebrate thanksgiving to remember coming to America. I also think we celebrate thanksgiving to remember the Native Americans helping the pilgrims.
I celebrate thanksgiving by watching the parade and football, having people over, and having a big dinner. These are our traditions. Also, we watch the dog show.

CalR said...

To me Thanksgiving means a time to give thanks to all the things that are important to you. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because we want to celebrate the Native Americans helping the Pilgrims grow the food they needed to survive. My family celebrates Thanksgiving by going down to Virginia and having a feast with my grandparents my cousins and family friends. Traditions that my family has are going to my grandparents friends house and having a feast when we're there I usually play football or watch football with my cousins.

TheoY said...

what dose thanks giving mean to you?
To me Thanksgiving means celebrating how the Indians helped the Pilgrims plant corn and other stuff like that. and also he pilgrims helped the Indians protect there villages.

Why do you think we celebrate Thanksgiving?
well as I said in paragraph 1 "To me Thanksgiving means celebrating how the Indians helped the Pilgrims plant corn and other stuff like that. and also he pilgrims helped the Indians protect there villages."

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
I celebrate Thanksgiving by going to my grandparents house in N.J. and my aunt and uncle come over.

What are your family traditions?
well as I said in paragraph 3 "I celebrate Thanksgiving by going to my grandparents house in N.J. and my aunt and uncle come over."

IsabellR. said...

I think Thanksgiving is when your family and friends say what your Thankful for. Also when you remember what your Thankful for. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because to bring family together. How my family celebrates Thanksgiving is we gather up with family. We also eat a big dinner with are family. One of our family's traditions are we put on music.

EshaanN said...

What does thanksgiving mean to you?
To me thanksgiving means being thankful for what I have and eating turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy.
It also means spending time with friends and family.It means 4 days of from school!
Why do you think we celebrate thanksgiving?
We celebrate thanksgiving to be thankful for what we have. Another reason we celebrate it is to remember the *Pilgrims and the *native americans when they had the first thanksgiving.
*The pilgrims where a big group of people that sailed from Europe to find freedom.*The native americans where the group of people who already lived in America.
How do you celebrate thanksgiving?
My family celebrates thanksgiving by going to a friends house, or inviting people over to celebrate.
Since the vacation is only 4 days, we go into Manhattan to do stuff.
What are you family traditions?
My family traditions are to go to a friends house or invite people over to celebrate and eat thanksgiving food like turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.





PhineasF said...

To me Thanksgiving is when my family comes together and eats dinner.

I think we celebrate Thanksgiving so we can remember our ancestors.

I celebrate Thanksgiving by inviting my grandparents to eat a thanksgiving feast with us.

MY family does not have traditions.

Margot L. said...

To me Thanksgiving means spending time with family and friends. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving to give thanks to every thing and everyone we have with us, and also to the special people who passed away. I celebrate Thanksgiving by going to a friend's house. My family's Thanksgiving tradition is having a great big Thanksgiving feast. Thats what Thanksgiving is to me.

AlexanderW said...

Thanksgiving to me is time when family’s should get together and have a big feast and watch football. One of the main foods that people eat is mash potatoes and gravy. But the main food that they eat is turkey. My brother does not like the turkey. He only likes the desert. The pumpkin pie is his favorite. One of my favorite things to do is cook with my dad. But most importantly it is a time to spend with family and friends.

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JacquelineB said...


To me Thanksgiving means hanging out with your friends and spending quality time with your family.

Well at the first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims met the Native Americans and the pilgrims where mean to them but then one of the native Americans where nice to the Pilgrims and they where so thankful for everything they had a feast.

For my Thanksgiving I go to my grandma's house with my grandma, grandpa and uncle and my mom, dad and brother and we eat turkey, stuffing, bread and other stuff then for dessert we have pumpkin and apple pie.

My tradition is my family eats the turkey at my grandma's house and we take the wishbone out of the turkey and wish something.

MaxG said...

To me, Thanksgiving means to get together with my whole family and eat turkey.
I think we celebrate Thanksgiving for giving thanks to the food we get to eat every day and are health.
My family celebrates Thanksgiving by getting together and eating.
My family traditions are going to my American grandparents house, getting together to eat, and going to the basement to play pingpong.

NicholasK said...


Thanksgiving is celebrated because in 1620 the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and once they got settled in ( finally after lots of deaths, disease, and burying corn seed with fish) they invited the Native Americans over for a feast and they gave thanks for their new home. That's how Thanksgiving became a national tradition.

To me, Thanksgiving means seeing relatives I have not seen in a long time.
My family also has "FAKESgiving" a few weeks before Thanksgiving because our extended family lives in other states and cannot travel on Thanksgiving, which is a fun tradition that we started. Another tradition is that someone always makes the food that my mother's grandmother made. She was Ukranian and she always made a few Ukranian dishes such as stuffed cabbage and pirogues. We also have Italian pasta dishes to celebrate our Italian heritage as well.

AvivaF said...

Thanksgiving means to me about my family and all the stuff they did for me like taking care of me and giving birth to me and gave me water and paid a lot of money to send me to school. I think we celebrate it so we can say what were thankful for to your family and friends and have sort of like a harvest with our great loving family and eat lots of turkey and squash and spend time with your family. I celebrate thanksgiving by having either my moms mom or my dads mom and dad this year my dads mom and dad came over but my moms dad came instead of both of them my moms cousins came she has 4 but instead one of her cousins didn't come her name is Melissa. my moms dad had her sister who came her name is Barbra (mom of the 4 teenagers)and her husband Bruce came we usually go out to brunch together. My family tradition is having my grandparents over sometimes we eat dinner at my house if we do than we set up a huge table from the closet and carry it in the living room we have a bunch of chairs around the table my mom makes salad and turkey squash and a lot more yummy and delicious amazing food she's a great cook sometimes I help her cook her specialty. what thanksgiving is about being thankful for what you have thanks is about thanking people for what they gave to you giving is about giving something to someone not a want a need a want is something that you want but you don't need it to make you live for example video games that's a want not a need a need is something to make you live for example water or food and other stuff like that all together equals thanks and giving that's why they call it thanksgiving because you should be thankful for what you have. Thanksgiving came from the pilgrims and the native americans because the pilgrims forced the native americans into slavery and killed all of them but Squanto who was brave enough to help them to become a better person after he helped them they had a feast and invited a lot of people they called it harvest day it wasn't long before they started calling it thanksgiving that's were the holiday came from.

AntonioR said...

Thanksgiving means to me that my family gets together for the day, and we have turkey and apple pie. My family gives thanks for all the good things in our lives. We celebrate it because it reminds us of what's important in life which is family, and we give thanks for that. My family celebrates Thanksgiving by everyone traveling to my grandma's house, and we have a big feast with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and then dessert. My family's tradition is to have my grandma's apple pie with whipped cream.

Toni P. said...

To me thanksgiving is a time when you give people thanks that have done something nice for you. Whether it is always being by your side or just taking up for you when other people don't.So probably when you give someone thanks on thanksgiving it makes them feel awesome.

Daniel G said...

Daniel G said...
Thanksgiving is about God and thanking him for the gifts of love, life and joy. In 1620 the pilgrims came to America and celebrated by having a feast with native Americans that helped them get food. It was the pilgrims first harvest in the North American colony

Toni P. said...

To me Thanksgiving is a time when you give God thanks for life,families,food,care and clothing. We would not have these things if it wasn't for God; some of us would not even be here. That is why I think Thanksgiving is a time to give God thanks.

AdrianaV said...

To me Thanksgiving is a time when a little of the family comes over to my grandma's house and we have a big meal. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because its a time when the whole family (or part of the family) gets together. This year me and my mom watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade before the rest of the family came. I got to play with my aunt Maria and cousin Gabriela. It was lots of fun!!

Nathaniel Z said...

To me Thanksgiving is a holiday where we thank the Native Americans for helping the Pilgrims to stay alive. I think we have a big feast on Thanksgiving to celebrate the plentiful harvest that the Pilgrims had. One of our family traditions is to have a heritage turkey. A heritage turkey is like a wild turkey. I think we say what we are are thankful for because Thanksgiving is a holiday of thanks.

BrynnW said...

thanksgiving is a time about spending time with your family. it is nice to see you family together. it is a big feast I love it so much it is amazing. a tradition our family does always get to break the wishbone. in my family the youngest two do it. HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING!

HannahF said...

To me thanksgiving is a time where I can invite all my friends in town and celebrate the holiday. And in my case, I always make the 20 pound turkey. My tradition is that everyone brings at least one or two dishes and the one who hosts gets the leftovers. I think we celebrate thanksgiving because it is a time to get together and enjoy the food and be happy that we have it.I celebrate thanksgiving by toasting to my friends and going around the table and saying what we are thankful for.

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DaisyB said...

Thanksgiving mean to means to me that pilgrims came to America and had a big feast.I think we celebrate thanksgiving because Sarah hale saved thanksgiving.I celebrate thanksgiving by having a big feast with my family. my family goes up state to Massachusetts to my cousins house and have a thanksgiving feast with a lot of food I like to have turkey.

Anthony A said...

AnthonyA said...

To me Thanksgiving is about things we are thankful for. It is also a time we remember the Pilgrims and Native Americans. I also enjoy Thanksgiving because it always comes around my birthday so I get to see all my family. And my grandma gets to cook every Thanksgiving.

DaniaE said...

To me thanksgiving means spending time with your family and friends.
We celebrate thanksgiving because people want to spend time with their kids friends and family. We celebrate thanksgiving by sitting around a table with family and friends and say what your thankful for and eat turkey.

Micah L said...

Thanksgiving means spending time with your family and looking into the future, thanking god for everything you have today, and bringing peace to the world.
We celebrate Thanksgiving to show gratitude.
We celebrate by eating turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
To go around the family and say what we are thankful for.

Guillermo said...

Thanksgiving is for thanking God for our lives and what we have. We should be thankful for our, food, and the stuff to make our shelters.
I celebrate Thanksgiving by eating turkey and other types of food. For me Thanksgiving is about remembering about how much your life means to you. This holiday came from the native Americans. My family watches football every Thanksgiving.

SashaA said...

To me Thanksgiving means seeing my whole family together and having a big feast. We celebrate it to give thanks and remember the first Thanksgiving.
We celebrate by going to my grandmas hose and having a big feast. My grandma makes the turkey and my mom makes the cranberry sous.

LiaN said...

Thanksgiving is a holiday season when you get to spend time with your family and have a feast together. Its mostly about being thankful for what you have and giving to other people.thanksgiving is when your family friends or neighbors come to your house or you go to their house and have a thanksgiving diner!

Zoe R. said...

I celebrate Thanksgiving with food and family. We eat turkey, potato gratin,sausage stuffing and kale salad and cranberry sauce. Me and my brother helped make a yogurt and cheese pie with my mom. Before Thanksgiving dinner me and my family say our thanks and cheers with our cups.

MishaI said...

To me thanksgiving is when the colonies are starving until they found the turkeys which save them from hunger. I celebrate it by going to a party and eating turkey. I think that we celebrate in memory of first AMERICANS who build our country without fear. My families tradition is to make... Roast Turkey!!!

Andre X. D. said...

1. Thanksgiving means to me that family comes together for a feast and good time.
2.We celebrate Thanksgiving because you get your grub on with the ones you love.
3. My family celebrates Thanksgiving by my great aunts house which we all bring a dishes for the feast so it won't be to stressful on one person. But this year i spent it with my dad and nanny.
4.My family traditions are turkey , ham , mashed potato, sweet yam ,corn,rice, pasteles,and stuffing. For desert we have flan, coconut pudding,cheese flan, pumpkin pie, coconut pie , mommys sugar cookies my favorite, cake my aunts birthday always around Thanksgiving.

SophiaM said...

To me, Thanksgiving means seeing my family, being thankful for everything I have, and eating lots of food. We celebrate thanksgiving as a reminder of the pilgrim's first celebration.
Every thanksgiving I go upstate to my Papa's house in Chichester, New York,Papa invites about 20 people. My cousin's sleep over and we have so much fun. We roast pork on the grill and make turkey. We end the night by playing dominos.

JaylenL said...

Thanksgiving to me means sharing and thanking my family for food

ChristinaJ said...

Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates a harvest festival that was started by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag in 1621. In the USA the holiday takes place on the fourth Thursday in November.
I think that Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for everything. We celebrate this holiday by spending time with family and friends. On Thanksgiving Day my family and I went to my aunt's house. She cooked a big dinner and my cousin Isabela and I made appetizers. Before we ate my mom said a prayer about how thankful we are. We all ate lots of food and had FUN!!!
A myth about Thanksgiving is that they did not have turkey, mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce at the first feast. They most likely ate duck, venison, seafood, cabbage and squash. The feast lasted for at least a week. It wasn’t just one day.

Clementine K. said...

Clementine K.

To me Thanksgiving means sitting down to have some food and sharing and having some fun. I think we have Thanksgiving to come together as one and share. Every year we do something different but most of the time it is just me my mom and my dad. After eating turkey we sit down and watch a movie. This is Thanksgiving to me.

Lila.H said...

Thanksgiving to me is coming together with your whole family and celebrating lost ones and giving thanks. I have a feast with most of my family for Thanksgiving. I go to Milwaukee two of my cousins live there, they're brothers and two don't they're sister and brother. I stay in my grandpa and nonna's house in the morning my nonna makes french breakfast puffs thats how I celebrate Thanksgiving.

Adam K said...

To me thanksgiving is a nice holiday because I get to see my cousins i don't usually get to see. It's a time for a family reunion. We always see my cousins from my grandfathers side. We play together and eat a big meal. We all get together at my grandparents house and celebrate the holiday.

Kate M said...

My Thanksgiving family tradition is usually getting together with family and friends and sharing the day with them.This year my mom came up with a new tradition (a Thanksgiving tree).We were going to my cousin's house so a lot of people there can put on a leaf what they are thankful for.

Thanksgiving means a lot to me because I get to see a lot of my family that I do not usually get to see.

We celebrate Thanksgiving because we are really thankful for a lot of things.

Sometimes we celebrate Thanksgiving away at other peoples houses and sometimes we celebrate at home.

citlalym. said...

To me thanksgiving is a holiday were we celibrate how we came to america.i think we di this to join and eat with people we are close to.we celibrate it my all our family member coming to eat eith us in this special day.mt family tarditio re celibrating 5 de mayo because the indepence if mexico

Asher D said...

To me, Thanksgiving is a time where we are thankful for people who brought us here and had a feast and we still do it today. We celebrate it because people came to this land and started to form a country. We always go to our cousins' house in Baltimore but this Thanksgiving was our last one at their house because they are moving to Scotland. Almost always, my cousins and I watch the Thanksgiving football game. And I always play ball outside with one of their very active dogs.

TimmyW said...

To me, Thanksgiving means spending time with my family and eating lots of food. It also means sharing what we are all Thankful for. For me, it's my new baby sister.
I think we celebrate because we are thankful for the Native Americans helping the Pilgrims settle in America.
My family celebrates every year by watching the parade and having my whole family over for a big feast that my mom cooks. We also watch football. It's so much fun.

Jacob HB said...

To me, Thanksgiving means that we appreciate the things we have.
I think we celebrate it to make sure we remember to be thankful for what we have.
My family celebrates Thanksgiving by going to a friend's house for dinner and we bring them pumpkin pie and Mac & Cheese.
We always go to the same house and we always bring the same food.

MaeB said...

To me Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to the Indians for helping the pilgrims settle in to America were we now live. One tradition I have is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. Every Thanksgiving my family and I go to my cousin’s house. But this year we spent it with my dad’s side of the family. One question I have is why is it a tradition to eat turkey on Thanksgiving?

BanjoS said...

Thanksgiving means giving thanks to everyone, especially my friends and family. We celebrate it because people incorrectly think that the Native Americans had the first Thanksgiving. We celebrate by going to my grandma's house and pigging out and playing with my cousin. This year, we got presents and lit the menorah because it was Thanksgivukah

KateA said...

Everybody has different point of view of what Thanksgiving is. But to me Thanksgiving is where our families get together and say what they are thankful for like clothes, shelter, and most importantly, family. Not all people do this, but it is an American tradition is to cook a turkey for everybody to enjoy. I love Thanksgiving.

MiloS said...

I see Thanksgiving as something that reminds me of all the things that mean something to me. Thanksgiving is a time to feast on good food and to think about things you're thankful for. I celebrate Thanksgiving with my grandparents. Thanksgiving is a time for my family to be lazy.(But usually I'm bouncing of the walls.)I am the only one active in my house.

SequoiaR said...

Thanksgiving means that I have a big feast and that I am thankful for my family, friends, and my good health.

We celebrate Thanksgiving because we are very thankful to the Native Americans for saving the PIlgrims from dying from starvation.

I celebrate Thanksgiving by going to Maryland to my grandparents house. My grandparents hold a big feast. We eat at the feast and my other grandparents carve the turkey. Then everybody there eats the turkey. and we hang out and talk to each other.

Brian.K said...

On Thanksgiving I made turkey with my dad. Almost all of my cousins came and it was really crowed in my house. It was almost like what the Native Americans because "the whole family" was there to "eat".

KnoxO said...

To me, Thanksgiving means that I watch the parade and stare at the TV, but then I go to my aunt's and uncle's house and party, and eat turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. But my question is: why do we eat the things we eat?

JosieS said...

Our traditions are to eat mashed potatoes,have something sweet thats pumpkin flavored (pumpkin cheese cake,pumpkin pie) and to join friends or family. We usually decorate gingerbread houses around that time (even though it's a Christmas thing) and I usually think about 10 things (or more) that were thankful for.

Even though we don't have many traditions, we still have a happy Thanksgiving!

Gabriel T said...

GabrielT
To me thanksgiving is a fun celebration where you eat tons of different foods and desserts. I think we celebrate it because of the way the Native Americans helped the pilgrims live, survive and land in America on a boat called the Mayflower. I celebrate Thanksgiving by going to Martin's (my uncle's) house, we watch one game of football on television. Then we eat in the kitchen (some helpers help set the kitchen). We eat turkey, asparagus, peas etc.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

JonathanL said...

To me Thanksgiving is watching football and spending time with my family. This year my mom cook the best Thanksgiving feast I have ever ate and we give thanks to God for all he as giving us. Thanksgiving is celebrated when the Native and the Pilgrims made a feast to celebrate their friendship and peace. We really don't have any family tradition when I was young and living in Miami we used to go visit my aunt in NC then we move to PA and spend it with grandma before she die now we just spend it at home us four Dad, Mom, little Sister Jessica and Me...

Helena W. said...

To me Thanksgiving means to be thankful for what we have. I am thankful for food, clean water, family and my house. My family tradition for Thanksgiving is going on trips to different countries with my family. The reason for this is that my mom is a flight attendant and usually has to work on Thanksgiving so we go with her! BUT...this year we went to our cousins! I was so excited because I didn't want to go away this year. We had mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and TURKEY!!
Thanksgiving is about the Pilgrims coming to America and being welcomed by the native Indians. The Pilgrims were thankful for their new freedom, a new home, and that they were welcomed by the Indians. That is what Thanksgiving is all about to me!

OliviaG said...

To me Thanksgiving is a day to remember how thankful people should that we have food,shelter,water,and our family.We celebrate by having a big party and we eat lots's of turkey HAPPY THANKSGIVING

LibertyG said...

Thanksgiving means being thankful for other people and giving useful things. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because it is a holiday that we should be thankful for. We celebrate Thanksgiving by eating turkey and being thankful for one another. My traditions of what I celebrate are Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

IsisC said...

To me Thanksgiving means to be thankful for our family.I think the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving is because it is an American tradition and a time to celebrate with family and loved ones. How my family celebrates Thanksgiving is we have cornbread, a really big turkey and then we say prayer before we eat. Our family traditions are to watch a movie and watch football.















GusH said...

I think that Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together to eat and remember the first Thanksgiving and remember we are more fortunate than others. My favorite parts about Thanksgiving are eating mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and dessert (1). hanging out with siblings (2) and three, I like that my grandfather we call "Ranger". Unfortunately, i threw up the morning before and on the 5 hour drive to Washington D.C. i really enjoy Thanksgiving and hope my family has a good one in 2014.

Ella J said...

To me Thanksgiving is about being with family and friends. We should think about how lucky we are to have the things we have. This Thanksgiving because all my grandparents came. I really enjoyed everyone being together!

MadisonG said...

To me thanksgiving is when you eat different foods and when you spend time with your family and friends and we celebrate it to remember how the Indians and the pilgrims all came together to share what they had in a great feast. We also celebrate all the good we have in our lives.

CaitlynH said...

Thanksgiving is a time you get together and eat as a family .Also you celebrate and just have fun.That is what Thanksgiving means to me.

We celebrateThanksgiving to remind us to give thanks.Also celebrate Native Americans

You celebrate it by cooking a turkey,other foods too,and having a good time.

We pray,cook late, and our hole family comes over

Mia a said...

What thanksgiving means to me is getting together
and usually we don't decorate, but now decorating
is our tradition.I don't watch football with my dad.

LenaG said...

To my family, Thanksgiving means, well, family. We go over to a relatives house to spend Thanksgiving. Sometimes relatives come over to our house.
We celebrate Thanksgiving to give thanks. We give thanks to God; to the fact that we are not poor; to family; to pets; and to friends.
My family celebrates Thanksgiving by going to a nearby relatives, and sometimes a bit farther.
My family does not have any family traditions, except perhaps eating a lot.

HelenF said...

Thanksgiving is my third favorite holiday because I get to eat cranberry sauce, turkey and lots of desserts. I think Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for everything you have. For Thanksgiving I usually go to a family friend's house where there are lots of adults and teenagers. There's no one my age at the party but there's a girl three years younger than me and I usually play with her. I love Thanksgiving.

CaseyP said...

To me thanksgiving means being with your family. On thanksgiving, I went with my mom and my brother to a giant feast to serve food and drinks at my mom's work. I got to hand out muffins and my brother got to serve juice to about 400 people. At my mom's work, not everybody there has a family so I felt like I was part of their family. Then, we went to a friend's house and had a big feast!

Hayden M. said...

Thanksgiving means to me to spend time with our family and think about how lucky we are to have what we have. It is a time to be thankful for food, friends and family.

I think we celebrate it to remember how thankful the Pilgrims were when the Native Americans helped them settle by showing them how to live there and how to cook food or harvest food.

I celebrate it by going to my Grandma's house.In my Grandma's house is my grandma, grandpa, uncles, aunts, and family friends. Sometimes we go to the other side of my family's house in New Jersey on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Our traditions are to go to two feast, one on Thursday and one on Friday. At my grandmas house we eat turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts. My mom and dad bring cranberry sauce, a side dish and cornbread. My grandparents make the rest. Football is on TV and I am not allowed to watch what I want so I usually skateboard out in the front. In New Jersey I mostly play with the kids there.

Isaiah.q said...

isaiah.q, to me thanksgiving means spending time with my family. the day of thanksgiving i went to New Jersey to visit my cousins. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because its one of the only holidays I get to spend time with my cousins. this year i was very exited because my aunt hope was hosting thanksgiving and usually she doesn't even come. i had a great time.

JaydenG said...

Thanksgiving to me means getting together with family. One of our traditions is Dad's sausage and cheese dip. Right before we eat we pray. The people who usually come are Mom, Dad, my sister, my uncles, and Grandpa and Grandma.

I love to eat the cherry pie.

Naomi S said...

To me Thanksgiving is a day to remember America's history. To remember the Pilgrims and the Native Americans and the smell of nice tasting food. It also means to me to spend time with my family. I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because it represents the history of the turkey and also America. On Thanksgiving either I go to my family's house or my family comes to my house, it is very fun both ways. I love the food on Thanksgiving, it's always filling. The last couple of years we've done volunteer work at a soup kitchen.

CamiloM said...

Thanksgiving means a lot to me. It's sort of self-explanitory, it means you give thanks. It means being thankful that I am not poor, I have a home, and I have everything I need. I am thankful that I have a home, and I have everything that I need.

I think we celebrate Thanksgiving because we should be thankful that (hopefully) all of you that are reading this (and a lot more people) have what they need. And to be thankful that we are not out on the street or one of those poor people. I am thankful that I am not one of those poor people.

We celebrate Thanksgiving in almost the same way every year. All different people from my family and beyond come over to my grandparents' house in upstate New York. They make turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing, and lots more. I am thankful that we have all this stuff to spare.

My family has lots of traditions. We like to make the cranberry sauce nice and tangy, not too sweet, not too sour. We also like to (well, it's the first time we made it like this) make gravy from flour, I think turkey juice, and pepper. It tastes good on the dressing.

HenriD. said...


To me Thanksgiving is a holiday that is shared with my family, while we have a feast, and play together. It is originally from when the Pilgrams and Native Americans shared a meal together to celebrate the harvest. The holiday reminds us to be thankful. As a tradition, my family always eats pie, and plays games (like Charades) until late at night.

SophiaE said...

To me, Thanksgiving is when the Pilrgms and the American Indians held a feast because they were thankful to God for letting them live. Soe foods that we eat are: turkey, squash, pumpkin pie,etc. In the pilrgm times they ate: eel, clams,etc.(they didn't eat turkey!)

Lilly-En S said...

Thanksgiving means to be thankful and giving. There are lots of homeless people so we have to be thankful to have lots of food to eat.
I think we celebrate Thanksgiving to share our love with our family and friends. Also to show how we care about each other. Some people have to travel to other states to their family and friends during Thanksgiving. That shows that they are a caring and loving family.
I celebrate Thanksgiving by going to my grandmas house. This year we invited new family members. Their names were Grace and Osefat.
For a treat we made sugar cookies after dinner. The feast was really good, really good. I even helped mix the batter for the sugar cookies and shred the cheese for the mac & cheese.
My tradition is always changing. Sometimes I go to my grandmas and sometimes she comes to our house. So it's never the same thing. Last year we made stuffing. This time we did not make stuffing. The sweets always change too. Last year we made chocolate pound cake and this year we made sugar cookies. I love Thanksgiving.

Kaithlyn A. said...

To me thanksgiving is about getting together with family. Also it means having family time and your family gathers together . We celabrate thanksgiving because we have a lot of things to be thankfull for.We eat the turkey and stuffing and salad [somtimes]. We visit our family and have some fun with them.On thanksgiving my family is the best.

Brian.K said...

I learned that Black Letter is the first typeface. Then
someone named Jenson created Roman Type.I think the video was ASWOME!