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American Thanksgiving

Nov 12, 2015

Thanksgiving is that cool holiday where you get to miss school, stuff your face with food, watch football all day and start shopping for Christmas. But is that really what the holiday is about?

Happy Thanksgiving from Kidzworld!Happy Thanksgiving from Kidzworld!

The Very First Celebration

Let's go back to the year 1620. A bunch of pilgrims had just come over from England because they were bullied for their strict religious beliefs there and they thought America would give them a chance to start a new life. They landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts on their ship, the Mayflower. Their first year in America really sucked - they couldn't find food and nearly half of the 102 people who first came over were dead by the next fall.

The pilgrims hoped to start a new life in AmericaThe pilgrims hoped to start a new life in America

However, in 1621 things started to look up. The pilgrims had a huge harvest with a ton of food. To celebrate, they held a huge feast and invited a group of Native Americans who had helped them get through that first difficult year. It was quite the party - three days of pigging out on venison, various birds, fish, fruit and vegetables. That was the first Thanksgiving.

Turkey is a mainstay of modern Thanksgiving dinnersTurkey is a mainstay of modern Thanksgiving dinners

When Is It?

It's not clear what the exact date of the first Thanksgiving was but it was sometime between October and December of 1621. For a long time Thanksgiving was celebrated whenever people felt like it. Then - after the American Revolution - George Washington declared Novemeber 26th Thanksgiving. In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date to the fourth Thursday in November, which is when we celebrate it now. In 2015, Thanksgiving is on November 26th.

Thanksgiving is also a celebration of the harvest seasonThanksgiving is also a celebration of the harvest season

The First Menu

Pumpkin pie wasn't served at the first Thanksgiving. There was no flour in New England at that time. Potatoes didn't make it onto the table either. Many Europeans had never heard of potatoes as they were only native to South America. They did have lobster, which was plentiful off the shores of Massachusetts.

Pumpkin Pie!Pumpkin Pie!
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Best Thanksgiving Leftovers?

  • The turkey is always better the next day.
  • Duh, the pie is the best.
  • I love the stuffing the day after.
  • Potatoes drowned in gravy.

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"DoodleCat" wrote:Oh my gosh, thanks!Well, I mainly use watercolor to draw my painting.What I draw? I like to draw what I see. It's very interesting what you can find outside or inside, for example, a coffee shop or restaurant.I also am really into drawing animals, especially my three cats. No problem. (: If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I'll be glad to help. That's very interesting. I don't know many people who use mostly watercolours. Finding inspiration from the simplest things is a part of what makes drawing, and any type of art, fun.  I can't draw animals for the life of me, haha. I'm working on it though. Do you find the textures easy? Fur seems a bit complicated. "DoodleCat" wrote:And no, I haven't done a piece with her yet, but she just flew in from Washington yesterday.She's staying in MN for three weeks, and I think I'll have the chance too though! I'd be very interested in the outcome if you do. (: 
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"DoodleCat" wrote:Wow Dua, great sketch!I think if you keep that up you'll be a great artist later on!You should try watercolor in your sketches, it's very interesting. ah thanks :) .. well i have uploaded a painting which i have done with water colors.. when its approved i am gonna post it ... :)
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Wow Dua, great sketch! I think if you keep that up you'll be a great artist later on! You should try watercolor in your sketches, it's very interesting.
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DoodleCat posted in New Users:
Oh my gosh, thanks! Well, I mainly use watercolor to draw my painting. What I draw? I like to draw what I see. It's very interesting what you can find outside or inside, for example, a coffee shop or restaurant. I also am really into drawing animals, especially my three cats. And no, I haven't done a piece with her yet, but she just flew in from Washington yesterday. She's staying in MN for three weeks, and I think I'll have the chance too though!
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