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Thanksgiving Historical development, modern symbols and celebrations. History • “In ancient times, people of many cultures (including the ancient Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Egyptians and Chinese) gave thanks to their god or gods for a successful harvest” History information from: http://www.ehow.com/how_5886_teach-children-meaning.html History • “In 1621, near the end of the Plymouth colony's first year in America, the settlers gave thanks for a plentiful first harvest. The pilgrims and the natives celebrated together (they had arranged a peace treaty), and everyone feasted on geese, ducks, deer, corn, oysters, fish and berries” • Without the help of the native Americans the settlers would have died in the harsh winter • Soon after the first thanksgiving, the Europeans broke the treaty History • “Despite the harmonious relations that may have existed between natives and pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving feast, many subsequent American Thanksgivings involved settlers giving thanks for victories over the natives.” History • “In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving should be a national observance. To some degree, this was a way to brighten the spirits of the American people, who were dealing with a great deal of difficulty and deprivation.” Modern Practices What is it all about now? • Giving thanks and gratitude • Spending time with your family and friends • Sharing with the poor so that everyone may have a thanksgiving dinner • No one should spend thanksgiving alone! What do families do? • Many people watch football and go to see local thanksgiving parades! • Play American football and horse-shoes • Watch classic American films (It’s a wonderful life, Mr.Smith goes to WA) • Cooking, cooking and more cooking! • Eat snacks before the big dinner • No diets on thanksgiving day! Modern Symbols The Turkey It must be cooked perfectly!!! Each region of the country has their own unique cooking style: Southeast: Hot and spicy, pork and cornbread stuffing Midwest: Marinated in butter, sausage and wheat stuffing Northeast: Boils the liver and neck, adds to stuffing Western: Roasted over a fire, served with baked beans *Vegetarian: Many eat a “tofu” turkey Traditional Ceremony: The head of the household speaks to the family, everyone shares what they are thankful for, the head of household cuts the turkey!!! “Tofu” “Doufu” Turkey The Final Dinner Table Fruit Pumpkin Pie Sweet Potatoes Turkey Cranberry Green Bean Sauce Casserole Activity • You will be in a group of nine students. • There will be a grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, aunt, uncle, one teenager, one toddler (2-3), and a cousin. • The head of the household will give a speech about gratitude and go around the table asking what everyone is thankful for. • The main cook will review the dishes for everyones enjoyment. • Everyone will discuss what activites they will partake over the weekend. Activity II • Your groups skit must be at least 8 minutes long. • No one is allowed to read off a sheet of paper! • All other groups must be silent during other presentations or you will loose group points. • There should be two scenes before the big dinner scene! For example, one in the kitchen, one outside in the yard.