Thanksgiving Traditions


By Lila Gibson

Every year in America, families get together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Ever since the first Thanksgiving, people have followed the same traditions while also making new ones. Here are some of the most common traditions associated with Thanksgiving.

The Feast: Probably the most popular tradition out of all of them, The Feast is a large part of celebrating Thanksgiving. Families spend all day in the kitchen preparing a huge meal. Some of the most traditional Thanksgiving foods include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, corn, cornbread, and cranberry sauce. Dessert is usually included in the thanksgiving feast also. Pumpkin Pie, apple pie, and pecan pie are all popular desserts that most families make.

Traveling: One of the best parts of Thanksgiving, is getting together with family and friends. Family members that you don’t see often might travel long distances to be with their loved ones.

Wishbone: Breaking the wishbone of a turkey is a tradition that some families have to celebrate Thanksgiving. The wishbone is a bone found attached to the breast meat in the turkeys chest. After you remove the meat and you dry out the bone, two people take one end of the bone, make a wish, and pull. Whoever ends up with the larger segment of the bone gets their wish!

Macy’s Day Parade: Watching the Macy’s Day Parade has become a certain tradition for several families in the last couple of years. Families wake up early to watch it on television or they may even go to New York to see it in person. It is a three-hour event starting at 9:00 a.m. The parade has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952.

Your family and friends might have different ones but these are just a couple of the most common Thanksgiving traditions. Whether you celebrate these traditions or your own, make sure to have a good Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

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