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Thanksgiving Day is an annual holiday in both the United States and Canada, but it is celebrated on different days. In the United States Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November, while in Canada it is the second Monday in October.
Even though the calendar date is different, Americans and Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving Day in very much the same way. For many, Thanksgiving is a day off from work or school and a time to get together and have a big dinner with their families.
Thanksgiving began as a harvest feast when people gathered to eat and give thanks for the crops that had been harvested. Today very few people are farmers who harvest crops, but Thanksgiving is still a time for family and friends to get together and eat.
Many people celebrate Thanksgiving Day with big family dinners. Traditional dishes at the Thanksgiving feast include roast turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
At one time wild turkeys were nearly extinct. Hunting and loss of their woodland habitat had reduced the population to a dangerously low level. Today, however, thanks to conservation efforts the wild turkey is once again a common native American bird.
The wild turkey is native to North America. The male birds are much larger than the females and can be 4 feet tall and weigh more than 30 pounds. Despite their large size they can fly and run very quickly.
Cranberries are low, creeping evergreen shrubs or vines that grow in bogs. The berries are white at first but as they ripen they become a distinctive deep red. Like its cousin, the blueberry, cranberries are native to North America.
To avoid the danger of bacteria growth, frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator, not at room temperature. For the same reason, stuffing should not be put in the turkey ahead of time.
Thanksgiving Day is a time to give thanks for all the good things that we have. Not everybody has a home and a family and lots of food to eat. One way to give thanks is to volunteer at a soup kitchen, shelter or mission.
Black Friday is a name for the day after Thanksgiving that marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. Many stores have big sales, open their doors very early, or stay open very late on Black Friday.
Thanksgiving may be all about family, but for many it is a holiday that turns out to be all about travel! Airports, train and bus stations, and highways are jammed as people visit family and friends and shop for food and Black Friday deals.
One of the best known holiday parades is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which has been an annual event since 1924. Making its way through the streets of New York, the parade is famous for its giant balloons.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is known for its giant balloons. Included are many well-loved children's characters such as Snoopy, SpongeBob Squarepants, Kermit the Frog, Shrek and Horton the Elephant.
Every year the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board give the President of the United States a turkey for Thanksgiving. It has become a tradition for the turkey to be given an official presidential pardon and sent to a farm to live.
It is believed that turkeys were first domesticated by the pre-Aztec people in Mexico about 800 B.C. 600 years later, it appears that the Anasazi people of the southwestern United States independently domesticated turkeys.