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Thanksgiving Children's Stories
In the week before Thanksgiving Mary-Jo
asked her class of 9 year-olds to write a paragraph entitled:
'What I am
most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day'.
All Joey could write was: 'I am thankful that I'm not a turkey at
Mary-Jo (Teacher): Why did the turkey
cross the road?
Joey: It was the chicken's day off.
Mary-Jo: 'Why do you think that the
Pilgrims sail from England to America?'
Joey: 'Because they missed their plane.'
Mary-Jo: 'What did the farmer get when
he crossed a centipede with a turkey?'
Joey: '100 drumsticks.'
The Taylor's were proud of their family tradition. Their ancestors had
travelled to America with the Pilgrim Fathers on the Mayflower. They had
included Congressmen, successful entrepreneurs, famous sports people and
They decided to research and write a family
history, something for their children and grandchildren. They found a
specialist genealogist and writer to help them. Only one problem arose
- how to handle Great Uncle Jefferson Taylor who was executed in the
The writer said she could handle the story
tactfully. When the book appeared the section about Jefferson read:
Great Uncle Jefferson Taylor occupied a chair of applied electronics at an
important government institution, he was attached to his position by the
strongest of ties, and his death came as a great shock.
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Louise was away from home on
Thanksgiving Day for the first time and she was missing her home and family desperately. Louise
decided to cook a turkey herself, just like her Mum used to, so that she could feel closer to her family.
Louise returned home for the celebrations and recounted her experience to her Mum saying,
'Mum. it was so difficult to eat the turkey.'
'Why was that, dear' asked Mum in a concerned way, 'was it not cooked properly?'
'How would I know?' responded Louise, 'it wouldn't sit still.'
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Sarah Hale, a magazine editor,
campaigned tirelessly for a national Thanksgiving day. Hale wrote in Godey's
Book, eventually Sarah's
idea caught the president's
eye and in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the idea of November Thanksgiving,
to be precise, that last Thursday in November
a national day of Thanksgiving. In 2008, Thanksgiving day falls on November 27th,
in 2009 it will be on November 26th.
In Canada they set Thanksgiving Day on the second
October. Here it was Martin Frobisher who in Newfoundland first gave thanks for surviving his explorations in 1578. Other countries who celebrate Thanksgiving include Argentina and Brazil.
Japan has a national holiday on 23rd November to celebrate Labour / Thanksgiving day.
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