American Thanksgiving


The annual Thanksgiving tradition in the United States can be traced back to the 17th  century. In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World, the English Pilgrims had a very successful and plentiful fall harvest. The Pilgrims, who had settled Plymouth Colony (in present day Massachusetts), soon made peace with the local Native American tribe, the Wampanoag. To celebrate the harvest, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans joined together to feast. Since then, an annual day of Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada, on the second Monday in October.

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes: roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and rolls. No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a pumpkin pie for dessert!

 Other Thanksgiving Day traditions include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade through New York City. Macy’s, a famous department store, sponsors the parade. The parade includes floats, Santa Claus, and the Radio City Rockettes. Another Thanksgiving tradition includes watching the professional football games that are played in the afternoon. Two teams, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys, host games every year.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe


1 cup packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups evaporated milk

1 9-inch pie shell


1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin purée and 3 eggs. Beat well. Add evaporated milk and combine. Set aside.

2. Fill pie shell with pumpkin mixture. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.

3. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° F and continue baking for 30 more minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


  • Holiday Foods

Please take a few minutes to think about this:

  • Do you have a holiday like Thanksgiving in your country? Is there a time of year when people are thankful for the things they have?
  • What are the important holidays in your country? Do people eat a lot at these holidays?
  • What is a typical holiday dish? What are the ingredients?
  • Who does most of the work for a holiday meal (shopping, cooking, cleaning up) in your family?
  • Do you have any family traditions at holiday meals? Do you play any games before or after a big holiday meal?
  • Do you enjoy important holidays when people all come together for a big meal? Why or why not?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. monica
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 13:48:15


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