How to Celebrate Thanksgiving

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The fourth Thursday in November is when the United States traditionally celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday. It was instituted by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Since then, the date has changed but the meaning behind this holiday remains the same. It celebrates the harvest and the survival of the pilgrims in the New World. Here is how to celebrate this feast day.

  • Remember the reason for the holiday. Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for all that you have, to give thanks for all you've gotten through in the past year and to give thanks for even the little things in your life.

  • Gather your family and friends together. Thanksgiving is a holiday to share with your loved ones, so plan to spend the day with them.

  • Plan a large dinner, complete with all the trimmings. Tradition dictates the main course is turkey. The side dishes vary by families and regions. Consider serving sweet potatoes, corn, mashed potatoes, rolls and other family favorites.

  • Watch the Thanksgiving Day parades with the kids. You can tune your television to any major network and you'll see one of the many parades. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most popular, which ends with the appearance of Santa Claus.

  • Experience a football game. The NFL puts on a great show for your Thanksgiving entertainment. Gather all the football fans around the television to watch the big game.

  • Get a good night's sleep. The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day in the United States. It is the start of the holiday shopping season, and you can find many great deals.

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