First Thanksgiving


Since Thanksgiving is an American Holiday, Lara was able to experience it for the first time. For weeks, she was excited because there was a 4-day weekend coming up. But as the day got closer, we explained it’s true meaning.

For those reading this overseas, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November every year. It’s a time for feeling gratitude and lavish feasts. It started when the original pilgrims celebrated the Autumn harvest with a feast of thanks. It’s known as the “First Thanksgiving Day Feast” and held as a gesture of thanks to God . It was celebrated in the year 1621. After the United States gained independence, Congress recommended one day a year of thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. 

We went to Amber’s home, our older daughter. Our other older daughter, Melody, and her boyfriend, Brian, were also there. Tyler and Sharon were in Tucson at Sharon’s relatives home about 100 miles away. Afterwards, we stopped at my Aunt Jan’s and Uncle Bernie’s where several of my retired Aunts and Uncles were finishing up their feast!

The typical Thanksgiving meal includes a combination of the following foods: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, A Vegetable Casserole, Fresh Baked Bread, and Desserts, especially Pumpkin Pie. 

We explained to Lara that it’s a time for us to be thankful for what we have. So, we created a “Thankful Jar” that we could write down what we were thankful for and put it in the jar to read later. Lara made the label for the jar. I decorated it. Some of the notes inside said: Amber wrote, “I’m thankful for my family and friends.” Brittany wrote, “I’m thankful for my beautiful amazing loving family.” Melody wrote, “I’m thankful for Saucy and Brian.” Travis wrote, “I’m thankful for edible substances.” And Lara wrote, “I’m thankful for being here with this great family in America and have so much fun with you guys.”

Thanksgiving signifies a couple of other things. It’s the official start of the Holiday season… including Christmas and New Year’s Eve and Day. And that also means the start of the holiday shopping season!

Coming up in the next few posts… our Black Friday outing … that really started late Thanksgiving night! And putting up 15,000 or so lights on our house!!!

About schreinerrealty

I'm a Realtor, Property Manager ad Owner of a Real Estate Brokerage, Schreiner Realty. I'm a Mother of 2, stepmother of 3, and now a Host Mother of a German Exchange Student. I am an avid volunteer in our community, involved in networking groups including Women's Council of Realtors and Women of Faith in Business. I spent 16-years in TV News as a Producer/Anchor/Reporter/Newsroom Manager and still participate in free-lance Producing Projects.

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