Thanksgiving in America
Nearly 400 years ago, a group of Pilgrims and Native Americans held a feast that lasted three days, and the celebration became referred to as America’s “First Thanksgiving”. In the centuries since, the holiday was celebrated somewhat sporadically in America and only became an official holiday in 1941. This holiday has been commemorated on the fourth Thursday of November every year since.
Today, Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated days of the year – for many states it’s the start of a four-day long weekend – and hundreds of millions of turkeys are bought annually in the U.S. While the tradition of feasting has carried on over the years in the form of enormous turkeys and savoury cranberry sauce, there are numerous other traditions to partake in, including the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and Thanksgiving Day football.
American Thanksgiving is a booming time for many industries as it signals the start of the Christmas season. Many businesses, particularly those in the retail industry, are preparing for the annual spike in sales on Black Friday. While this spike has become more modest in recent years due to cyber shopping and “Christmas creep” (a phenomenon where retailers began promoting their wares before the typical beginnings of the shopping season) it is still by far the biggest shopping day of the year.
As we settle in for the colder months ahead and kick off the holiday season (while perhaps watching the Vikings kick off against the Lions!), don’t forget to take a moment to consider everything there is to be thankful for and enjoy a relaxing, safe holiday weekend.