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Free Printable Coloring Pages for Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day: What is it and how is it celebrated?

Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, is the most wonderful day of the year. Christmas songs try to say otherwise but, certainly, there is nothing better than to express gratitude for all that you have in your life, be with your loved ones and eat one of my favorite classic Thanksgiving dishes, the pumpkin pie.

The tradition of Thanksgiving began with the feast that made the pilgrims to celebrate their first harvest in the New World (America) and although the festival is still quintessentially American (Canadian celebrate too, but at a later date), it is very easy to participate if you master the basics with our Thanksgiving guide for beginners in which we will tell you what it is and how it is celebrated:


The turkey should be the center of attention, either roasted, grilled or fried. Note that usually takes several hours to cook, so make sure you start early. When the turkey is in the oven, starting with everything else …

Other things are also important

It’s not the Thanksgiving Day if no filler corn, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and apple pie with a giant ball of vanilla ice cream on top (here are some classic recipes). Pumpkin pie is a must too and, despite the pumpkin is the main ingredient, is actually a sweet dessert!


This part is very easy to do. Add 200 grams of sugar, 200 milliliters of water and 1000 grams of cranberries in a pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve cold and impress everyone.


Thanksgiving Day is the official start of the Christmas season, which means it is completely acceptable to put the album Home for Christmas Dolly Parton and try again memorize The 12 Days of Christmas.


The Thanksgiving Day is based on gratitude. In my family the tradition is that everyone at the table to share something last year so be grateful. It is always emotional and unites us all in a very nice way.

Gobble, gobble! And do not forget, finishing the day with a food coma for having eaten so much is a proud tradition in the place that I come!

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Original Recipes with corn for Thanksgiving Day

Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The first winter was very hard for them. But next fall, they got a good harvest of the seeds they planted. They decided to celebrate with a big dinner, including Indians who had helped them survive the first year.

Origins of Thanksgiving Day

The men went hunting to get meat for dinner. It is not known for sure if turkeys were part of the meal, as they used the term “turkey” for any kind of wild bird. Another kind of food we usually have for Thanksgiving Day is the pumpkin pie. There are very few chances that this food was part of the menu of the first Thanksgiving celebration. Flour reserves had been used, so there was no bread or pastries of any kind. There were enough pumpkins, for they grew in the field. There was also no milk, cider, potatoes, or butter. There were no cows to produce milk and newfound potatoes, many still believed were poisonous. For these reasons, dinner included fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, corn, clams, venison and plums.

In the past, Thanksgiving Day was not celebrated every year. Even it was not until June 1676 that another Day of Thanksgiving was held. Thanksgiving Day was officially proclaimed by President Lincoln in 1863, to be held the last Thursday of November. In 1941 Thanksgiving Day was officially declared by the United States Congress a holiday, to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

What food did people eat on the first celebrations of Thanksgiving Day?

Corn cultivation was very important for the Pilgrims and the indigenous natives. It was the main course and consumed in every single food. There were many varieties of corn – white, blue, yellow and red.

Some amount of corn was dried to preserve it and keep it as food for the winter months. Corn flour could be used to make cornbread, corn pudding, corn syrup, or could be mixed with beans to make succotash (cooking whole grain maize)

The Pilgrims did not know the corn before meeting the Indians. The Indians gave the Pilgrims corn seeds and taught them how to grow corn. Currently they cultivate more hectares of corn than any other grain.

Recipes for Thanksgiving Day using corn

We all eat corn prepared in many different ways, especially for Thanksgiving Day. The following is a recipe using corn flour and corn.

Easy Corn Casserole

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 can of 8 3/4 ounces of corn kernels
  • 1 can of corn 8 3/4 ounces cream
  • 1 package of 8 1/2 ounces of mix pancitos (muffins) of corn
  • 8 ounces of regular sour cream or low-fat
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Empty them into a mold for 8-inch square baking, spray with oil. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes or until cooked.

Popcorn balls marshmallow (angels)

  • 12 cups of popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) of angels (marshmallows)
  1. Put popcorn (popcorn) in a bowl or pan and set aside. Heat in the oven at low heat butter and marshmallows in a thick sauce pan.
  2. Turn the heat to low. Stir constantly until mixture (butter and marshmallows) melts and observe very thin. Now, put the melted marshmallows over popcorn and mix gently until the popcorn are well coated. You can make figures. (Put some butter on your hands so that the mixture does not stick to your hands.)





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