Thanksgiving is an American and Canadian traditional celebration of giving thanks for the autumn harvest . The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 by the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians.

Thanksgiving Sugar Cookie Gift TinIn 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day as a National Holiday. To this day, Thanksgiving is celebrated in America on the fourth Thursday of November with a dinner feast of traditional foods. Thanksgiving dinner often includes roasted turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie. For more information about Thanksgiving and the History of the holiday, visit and wikopedia.

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In my family, our traditional Thanksgiving dinner always included Turkey. Sometimes the side dishes varied but Turkey and dressing were always on our Thanksgiving table. The complimentary dishes for our Turkey included mashed potatoes and gravy, candied sweet potatoes ( my mother baked the sweet potatoes and melted miniature marshmallows on top), and a green bean casserole. Dessert always included a pumpkin pie and an apple pie or a minced meat pie. What delectable traditional foods does your family include in your Thanksgiving dinner?


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  1. Corinne says:

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