Thursday the 27th of November marks an important holiday in many Americans’ calendar year: Thanksgiving. It is celebrated every fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving commemorates of a feast shared by the Pilgrims and Native Americans hundreds of years ago, but it notably has a stronger and more personal importance to Americans. It is a day to be grateful for everything you have in life, really appreciate your blessings, and share love with your family.
Families celebrate Thanksgiving by watching American football together, eating a huge dinner (traditionally featuring stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and most famously, turkey), watching the Macy’s Day Parade, watching Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, and carving out time in everyone’s busy schedule for quality time with friends and family. While there are many famous, general traditions behind Thanksgiving, families may have some special and unique traditions of their own. For instance, this blogger’s family replaces the stereotypical food served with a mass of shellfish (crab, shrimp, oysters, mussels, and lobster) to suit our own preferences.
Although children have Thanksgiving day off of school, there is usually at least one day dedicated to creating some sort of Thanksgiving-themed craft(s) to instill the spirit of the holiday before the holiday begins. Keeping this in mind, and the ubiquitously noble themes of Thanksgiving (gratitude, appreciation, love, humility, etc.), HDS English teachers decided to teach the students about the cultural holiday. To do this, we had the students create their own hand turkeys. For those not familiar with this activity, it consists of tracing your hand on a piece of paper and then further decorating it to look like a turkey. On the turkeys, each student included a list of what they are most thankful for. Each turkey came out beautifully! It was an awesome and fun opportunity to get the students to reflect on what they have to be most thankful for!