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Antonia Gutierrez

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Halloween is over and everyone is excited for Christmas, but we can’t forget about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the holiday of giving thanks. It is the third most celebrated holiday in the United States, with Christmas and Valentine’s Day coming right before it.

Thanksgiving is celebrated the 4th Thursday of November. The “first Thanksgiving” is said to have been in 1621. It has been celebrated since then, but President Abraham Lincoln named it a national holiday in 1863. Lincoln had organized Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November. It wasn’t until 1939 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it to the 4th Thursday of November in order to try to rise retail sales during the Great Depression. In 1941, it was made official that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.

When people are asked what they think about when they hear Thanksgiving, they answer food. Food on Thanksgiving is a tradition that a lot of families follow. Traditional food that is served on Thanksgiving is, turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and last but not least pumpkin pie. Another tradition that a lot of people follow is getting together with family.

“We have lots of family over. We have a big dinner, and watch movies together,” says sophomore Kailey Esparza.

Sophomore Kelly Damian celebrates Thanksgiving a little different.

“Since we don’t have a lot of family here, we usually just go over to a close friend’s house and celebrate Thanksgiving with them,” said Damian.

Thanksgiving usually brings out the good in a lot of people. Volunteering is a common activity during Thanksgiving. A lot of organizations around the United States hold food drives. These food drives help those who don’t have a Thanksgiving dinner in mind.

Another thing that a lot people think of when Thanksgiving comes around, is Black Friday. Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving. A lot of people look forward to deals at their favorite store.

“Black Friday is the best. It’s not as ‘savage’ as a lot of people think,” said Damian.

Thanksgiving is the last big holiday before Christmas. Some people celebrate it, while others don’t. A lot of people are excited for Christmas, but people shouldn’t forget about Thanksgiving.

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