The Thanksgiving legacy has been alive for hundreds of years. The customs we see in our homes today remind us of ancient celebrations of harvest, thankfulness for peace, and the endeavors of native Americans. It consists of stories of those who believe that gratitude for blessings is a virtue we should all possess.
Custom of Praying
For centuries, 'Thanksgiving Day' is associated with communal prayers in church and in homes. People offer various meal time prayers during the day. It is a time, when mankind thanks God for all his blessings and grace. It is also a day to show gratitude to your friends and relatives for all the good deeds.
Custom of Family Dinner
Everyone follows the custom of family dinner and reunion religiously every year. Distances don't really matter as relatives drive down to be with their family. Feasts are usually held at home. It is a time to enjoy their favorite 'Roasted Turkey' with the family.
Custom of Decoration
Thanksgiving is a time to decorate homes with wreaths, fresh and dried flowers. People beautify their homes, give the interiors a whole new look and feel. They light lamps to brighten the environment. Tables are adorned with best china and antique silver cutlery to mark the occasion.
Custom of sending messages
Thanksgiving is a day when people send loving messages and warm wishes to their relatives, colleagues at work place, superiors and subordinates, near and dear ones. It is a day of conveying their feelings through Thanksgiving cards.
Got a favorite son, daughter, nephew, niece, grandchild? If they can answer three of these five Thanksgiving Day jokes, they'll win a super prize!
1. Why do turkeys always go "gobble, gobble"?
2. What sound does a space turkey make?
3. Why did they let the turkey join the band?
4. Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving, and why?
5. Why do the pilgrims' pants keep falling down?
In 1676, a day of thanksgiving was proclaimed to take place during what month?
"Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns." --Anonymous