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Thanksgiving History

November Calendar - Time to Visit Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving is a particularly American holiday. The word evokes images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and, of course, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag, the acknowledged founders of the feast. But was it always so? Read on to find out…

This article explores the development of our modern holiday. For information on food at the First Thanksgiving, go to Partakers of our Plenty. For additional children’s resources on Thanksgiving, you might want to view Scholastic’s Virtual Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation, explore our Online Learning Center, or visit our Homework Help page. If you’d like to join us for Thanksgiving dinner, please visit our Thanksgiving Dining and Special Events page.

Giving thanks for the Creator’s gifts had always been a part of Wampanoag daily life. From ancient times, Native People of North America have held ceremonies to give thanks for successful harvests, for the hope of a good growing season in the early spring, and for other good fortune such as the birth of a child. Giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for ceremonies or celebrations.

As with Native traditions in America, celebrations – complete with merrymaking and feasting – in England and throughout Europe after a successful crop are as ancient as the harvest-time itself. In 1621, when their labors were rewarded with a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God and celebrated His bounty in the Harvest Home tradition with feasting and sport (recreation). To these people of strong Christian faith, this was not merely a revel; it was also a joyous outpouring of gratitude.

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner for our American friends and I thought I’d try my hand at improving my standard pumpkin pie. Instead of using canned pumpkin or steaming the pumpkin as I have in the past, I decided to try roasting the pumpkin instead. The result brought out more of the pumpkin’s natural sweetness and reduced the water content, which think helped improve the creamy texture of this delicious pie. I had a couple of die hard Pumpkin Pie fans try it and they declared it to
be the best they had ever tried.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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How to Decorate for Thanksgiving Guests!

How To Decorate For Thanksgiving Guests

If you’ll be playing host to Thanksgiving guests soon it’s important to make your house look beautiful and comfortable for out-of-towners. Many of us save holiday prep until the last minute, so we’re bringing you seasonal ideas that serve double duty- They’ll add festive holiday cheer while making guests feel welcome and special.

Get the Guest Room(s) in Ship Shape

First thing’s first- make sure that beds are made, bathrooms are clean, and junk is stowed elsewhere. A sparse guest room is better than one that’s morphed into a storage room over the last few months. It’s ok to stash stuff under beds and in closets, guests won’t notice and will appreciate having room to move around.

Guest room welcome basket

Go the extra mile with a welcome basket.

Even the most cantankerous of relations will smile when they find a basket of goodies waiting for them in their room. Fill a basket, wire bin or metal bucket with fun things from the travel-size and snack aisles. When you’re shopping ask yourself these questions:

What will my guests forget? – Mini toiletries, and if you have an extra phone charger throw it in!

What are things my guests may need by don’t want to bug me for? -Aspirin, a mini first aid kit, chapstick.

What will help my guests settle down for the night? – A magazine, and individually packaged snacks.

Gaspar Luggage Rack from Ballard Designs

Prop Up Bags with a Luggage Rack. 

A stylish luggage rack like this one from Ballard Designs will help guests keep their things off of the floor, but it’ll pretty up your room even if it goes unused.

Bench at foot of bed

A Bench at the Foot of the Bed.

Create a place for guests to take off shoes or prop up luggage. A bench will also act as a visual substitute for a foot board, making your guest room look pulled together.

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Help Guests Sleep Soundly with Blackout Curtains.

Odds are you haven’t slept in your guest room for months if not years. If you have time, spend a night there to make sure everything is comfortable and convenient. If not- ensure your guests sleep comfortably by installing blackout curtains or room darkening shades. You’ll be sure that an offending streetlight, passing cars, or a too-early sunrise won’t keep your guests up at night.

 

Make the Table Feel Special for Each and Every Guest

Personalize place settings to show all of your guests how thankful you are to be with them. When guests see their name at the table they’ll know you made something special just for them. Whether you do something elaborate or simple, it’s the little things that make friends and family feel loved.

pumpkin place cards

Pumpkin Placecards.

Create easy harvest time place cards by writing each guest’s name on a mini pumpkin with a sharpie. Nestle it in a cloth napkin as pictured above, or simply set it on each guest’s plate.

personal burlap napkins

Rustic Napkins with a Personal Touch.

Make a functional place marker by writing guest’s names on napkins made from inexpensive burlap or linen fabric.  Cut fabric to size and pull a few threads from each side to create a frayed edge.

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A Tiny Arrangement for Every Plate.

Upcycle mini pumpkins left over from Halloween by making them into personal-sized vases. Cut off the tops and fill them with mums for table decor that doubles as a favor for guests to take home.

 

Let Guests Share Their Gratitude

Find a way to for guests to celebrate more than food this Thanksgiving. Remember what the holiday’s all about and maybe start a new tradition.

Gratitude Rolls

Spread on Some Love with Gratitude Rolls. 

Let everyone lend a hand in the kitchen as they roll up something they’re thankful for in a gratitude roll. Later, guests can share others’ messages as they eat.

 

Thankfulness Tablecloth

Keep Thankfulness Close at Hand with a Customized Tablecloth. 

While cooks are cooking let guests (young and old) share what they’re thankful for right on the tablecloth. Friends and family will feel good participating in the day, and you’ll have a keepsake to remember this year’s gathering for years to come.

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DIY Flower Tutorial for Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanksgiving is the kick off to a long holiday season of money spending. So, although you want to make sure you kick off the holiday season with a bang, it should be cost efficient too. Thanksgiving decorations are extremely important in getting friends and family into the spirit, so including fresh cut flowers in  Thanksgiving decorations will bring the joy of natural elements of the harvest season indoors.

DIY THANKSGIVING IDEA: Order a DIY Thanksgiving Flower Pack and set aside some time the day before Thanksgiving or the morning of (while the turkey is in the oven) to gather with family to make a centerpiece and some fun little arrangements. A fun thanksgiving craft often becomes a family tradition that you will cherish.

Thanksgiving decorations

Here are the steps for creating this arrangement:

1. Order flowers and pick a ship date to receive the flowers 2-3 days before Thanksgiving.
2. Upon arrival, cut the stems & hydrate the flowers in buckets until you want to arrange.
3. Cut down the floral foam to fit into the vase, let it to soak in a water/ flower food mix.
4. Put the soaked floral foam in the vase and create the arrangement shape with greens.
5. Add larges focal flowers first, in this case use the roses to create the focal center.
6. Add the smaller filler flowers, spread all the colors throughout the arrangement.
7. Finish up my rotating the arrangement and filling in spaces!

That was easy right? If you have ordered a Thanksgiving Flower Pack, you will have plenty left over flowers to use in other areas of your home. Arrange them for the kitchen, foyer, serving tables, or even food dishes! Tell us your ideas for what you would do with these.

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Turkey Cone Craft for Kids to Make (Party Hat Idea)

I love party hats and thought why not make a turkey cone hat?! You could always just make the cones to play with as well. It’s a great activity for the kids to do on Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!

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Materials Needed:

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Start by drawing a half circle on a piece of brown paper with a compass or a piece of string. I used the tutorial here :)

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Roll up the pieces into cones and tape or glue them together. Try to make the tip as pointy as possible.

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Glue on some tall colorful feathers in the back and add a face! I love making big goofy eyes by just cutting out white circles and using a black sharpie to color the pupils in. If you want to make a hat out of these, punch the sides with a hole and put an elastic string through!

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TOP 10 TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DESSERTS

We all love the Holidays. Thanksgiving is one of them, and it is so special because of the traditional gathering of the whole family on the table, for the whole day. We all need that more often, but Thanksgiving Day is giving us an obligation to gather and make fantastic dinner, and delicious desserts of course. If you want your family to be fully satisfied at he end of the day, you have to make the best and traditional desserts. I have made you a list of top 10 traditional desserts especially for Thanksgiving day. Try and make them, because i firmly believe that everyone will be delighted!

Ginger-Apple Crumb Pie

1d19e0e45ac2e0134e58c8b120b5b1b0Recipe via ivillage.com

Pumpkin Pie Cookies

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Recipe via sweetsugarbelle.com

Cranberry Cobbler

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Recipe via marthastewart.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake

530d0152-18b9-4d8b-b37b-f0e0625a1212Recipe via bettycrocker.com

Apple Tart

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Thanksgiving Cupcakes

529a7653ebda6f044887a0a32ab60fd1Recipe via centercutcook.com

Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel

335411bdf5f78b4bc77e3b586658ac44Recipe via ihearteating.com

Mini Cranberry Apple Pies

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Impossibly Easy Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

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Pumpkin Chess Pie Tart

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Recipe via eatthelove.com

 

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This Tiny Lion Can’t Roar Yet But That’s Fine Because He’s Adorable

TURN UP YOUR VOLUME AND GET READY TO SQUEAL:

 

Don’t worry, tiny buddy!

This Tiny Lion Can't Roar Yet But That's Fine Because He's Adorable
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You’ll get there one day!

This Tiny Lion Can't Roar Yet But That's Fine Because He's Adorable
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Watch People Try Moon Cakes (月餅) For The First Time

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This Genius Baby Uses Pillows For A Master Class In Creative Problem Solving

When this adorable little smarty wanted to get down off the bed, he realized it was a little too far down to safely land. Watch as he figures out the perfect solution for a soft landing.

 

Baby senses danger below!

Baby senses danger below!

Francisco Aguilar / Via youtube.com

Good thing there are three pillows on the bed! Perfect for stacking.

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Brilliant!

Francisco Aguilar / Via youtube.com

Watch out for this one, Mom and Dad!

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Here Are 6 Unique Ways To Drink Coffee

1. Coffee Float

1 cup coffee, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 scoop vanilla ice cream.

2. Bulletproof Coffee, designed to improve how the body processes caffeine.

2. Bulletproof Coffee, designed to improve how the body processes caffeine.

Blend 1 cup coffee, 1-3 tps mct coconut oil, and 1-2 tbsp unsalted butter.

3. Mocha on the rocks.

Fill up an ice cube tray with coffee, freeze until solid. Then pour over milk and drizzle in some chocolate syrup.

4. Iced Coconut Coffee.

4. Iced Coconut Coffee.

1/2 cup coffee concentrate + 1 cup coconut milk = YUM.

5. Coconut Mocha.

5. Coconut Mocha.

Heat up 1 cup of coconut milk and add it to 1 cup of coffee. Add some chocolate syrup and enjoy!

6. Espresso Tonic.

6. Espresso Tonic.

This might sound weird, but trust: 6 oz tonic water + 2 oz espresso = yup!

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