Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings to mind turkey, Pilgrims and giving thanks for what you have. It is a time that families join together to celebrate all things that they are grateful for in their lives. It has been said that the citizens of the Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. It was a celebration of the harvest and of cooperation between the American Indians and the English colonists. This was already a tradition of the Indians, to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, and the colonists had overcome a long, hard winter the year before, and they embraced the opportunity to give thanks to their God for getting them through it.
George Washington gave a Thanksgiving Day proclamation in 1789, assigning to Thanksgiving the date of the fourth Thursday of the month of November, as a day to thank God for what he has bestowed on the United States of America. President Abraham Lincoln made it an official, annual holiday in 1863. Since that time it has been celebrated in the United States each year. Though families have many different traditions, most involve food, family and thankful hearts.
History of Thanksgiving