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About Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a day true to it"s name. This is a day when family and friends everywhere come together to celebrate. To give thanks for the things that matter, their family, their friends, and their health.

This is a tradition that goes back over 300 years.

Back to the day of the pilgrims and the native americans - who decided to work together to help each other survive and then celebrated with a feast that lasted 3 whole days.

Even though Thanksgiving has been around for 300 years it wasn"t until 1863 when it that became an official American holiday.

So the next time you take Thanksgiving day off from work, you make thank Abraham Lincoln for making it an official holiday.

As a tradition, Thanksgiving today has its own traditions, such as the traditional turkey taking its proper place at the center of the table.There is usually cranberry sauce next to it on the table.

Thanksgiving is a big celebration for so many of us. It's filled with friends, family, food, and decorations.

Decoration

Thanksgiving just doesn"t feel quite like Thanksgiving until you add those little touches. Here are some easy do it yourself arrangements you can add to your event to bring out that holiday feel.

.It's dinner time, which means everyone will gather around the diner table.

You can think of the table as a stage if the table is likely to gain that much attention.Simple things can be done to make that stage truly pop.

Before all else, the tablecloth.You can add color and texture to your tablecloth to really give it a thanksgiving feel.

It is possible to find something with colors of autumn, like dark reds, oranges, and yellows.Think about how it will look when everything is set on the table - plates, table mats, etc.

A great way to make people feel special is to write their names on cards and leave them on the table.With this technique, you can be creative, like getting those little pumpkins and putting them next to each card.

Each card can also contain a photo of them.Try to pick pictures that stimulate conversation.

Make it personal, you can get creative with how to do that.For instance, you could get placemats and use paint to draw their names in colorful ways.

Here are some other ideas related to table maps.Printing pictures on paper and laminating them might work for table names.

Having an interesting center piece is the purpose of a center piece, so anything can be used.Even vases and flowers can make an interesting centerpiece.I can even be a giant pumpkin.You can choose a theme that has to do with autumn, Thanksgiving, or something that means something to you and your family.

If nothing in particular comes to mind, then consider something simple that sets the mood, like tall light candles.

A few small touches you can add to your decorations could make things more interesting, like foliage.Just arrange flowers and leaves around your table.

Here are some other ideas that might inspire you.A basket can be filled with berries, dry fruits, and branches.

Make a vase for flowers out of a pumpkin.Surround it with smaller pumpkins.

Thanksgiving Recipes

Like I said while decorations are great, Thanksgiving is about the food.

Every Thanksgiving diner has its classic staples.It's turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

Those are great, but if you interested in adding something different to the mix, here are a couple of quick and easy recipes that you can use to add a little something different to this Thanksgiving.

Put the dough ends together by pressing the perforations together.Cover the dough evenly with sausage slices.Using a log, roll the dough into the sausage.Fold it starting with the long end.Put it in the refrigerator.It should be firm the next morning.Cut it into equal-sized pieces.You should bake them at 375 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes.Once baked, remove and serve.

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.After scooping out the cavity, lay out some paper towels to dry the turkey.Apply salt and pepper inside and out of the turkey.Stuff the cavity with chopped onions.

With the breast-side facing upward, place the turkey in a roasting pan.Brush the turkey with melted butter evenly.Put the foil on top and roast for around two hours.Then open the foil and brush some more melted butter over the turkey.

Roast for one hour at 425 degrees F.You should check the temperature of the meat at 165 degrees F with an instant-read thermometer.Now you can serve the turkey.

Put the hot water, sugar, and cocoa in the pan.Let it simmer for a few minutes, stirring continuously.In a crockpot, combine the mixture with the milk and peppermint syrup.Afterward, heat it and stir occasionally for about 2 hours until it is hot.Serve it in a cup and top with whipped cream.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F., unfold your rolls or pie crust.Place the cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl and set aside.Coat the dough pieces in it.Toss the apple pieces in the melted butter.Put them on rolls or dough and fold or roll them up.Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet for the rolls.Place it in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden.Immediately serve!

Boil water and salt together in a pot.Boil the potatoes for 15 minutes, or until they are tender.Pour the water off.Milk and butter are placed in a saucepan and heated over low heat until the butter melts.To create the creamy and smooth paste, use an electric potato beater or masher.Toss in a little salt and pepper to taste.

Activities for Kids

It's a great time for kids to enjoy games and activities and celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.Try out some of these excellent ideas with them.

During Thanksgiving, kids enjoy making crafts, painting, and drawing.Here is a simple activity for you to try.

While you cook dinner or enjoy company with friends, children can color books.You can order a Thanksgiving coloring book online or in a nearby shop.Free coloring pages are available to download and print on the internet.Children should be exposed to colors.Make sure they have crayons, pastel colors, and colored pencils.Children who are older can use watercolors.

Besides being fun to play with, pine cones can also be easily decorated.You can make anything from them by using a few household items.The following ideas are simple.

Your kids can paint the pine cones using acrylic or any color they like.They can use bright colors to make the cones look more beautiful.Sprinkle a little glitter on top of the paint to make them shine.

.If your child wants, you can paint them brown or black.Put the paper cutouts as eyes or buttons on shirts as the pupils.You can make beaks out of paper or small pens..The guests can view them on the dinner table.

Even a turkey can be drawn with your hands.Take a look at the materials you need.

The process of making a turkey with your hands is fun and easy.This is how you can do it quickly.

Place a piece of paper on the table and place your hand and palm on the paper.Your child should have their wrist at the end of the paper with their hand covering the sheet. As you trace with a pencil or pen, they'll start from the wrist to the other end of the paper.

You want to make sure your kid's hand remains still while tracing.When your kid is finished, remove the hand and give them the paints.Let them draw the eyes and legs and your turkey is ready!

Thanksgiving Poems and Songs

This is a great time to teach your kids some poems and songs during Thanksgiving.Have your child recite or sing the poem, or read it to them.Your kids will enjoy reciting or singing Thanksgiving songs as an activity and form of entertainment.Below is a short poem to begin:

Thanksgiving Day I like to seeOur cook performs her witcheryShe turns a pumpkin into pieAs easily as you or ICan wave a hand or wink an eyeShe takes leftover bread or muffinAnd changes them to Turkey stuffin"She changes cranberries to sauceAnd meats to stews and stews to brothsAnd when she mixes gingerbreadIt turns into a man insteadWith frosting collar "round his throatAnd raisin buttons down his coatOh, some like magic made with wandsAnd some read magic out of booksAnd some like fairy spells and charmsBut I like magic made by cooks.

Thanksgiving Facts and Trivia

You can do many things on Thanksgiving from decorations to food to activities, but the most important thing is to be thankful for the things and people in your life.Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!