Thanksgiving is coming so why do people celebrate unoriginal tradition

Judy Ann Quang, Bus/Social Media/ Advertising/ Web Tech Editor

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells. Jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to—wait it’s not christmas yet. No it is the holiday that everyone forgets: Thanksgiving. This holiday was first celebrated in November 1621 where the Plymouth colonists, also called the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, celebrated the autumn feast at Plymouth according to All About America.

Though Thanksgiving didn’t come as a national holiday until November 1863 in the middle of the American CIvil War when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be a national holiday celebrated on the final Thursday at the end of November. 

Wow it took about 242 years for it to become a national holiday; that is about two people’s lifetimes. The United States of America and Canada considers Thanksgiving to be a national holiday as school is closed from three days to a week to celebrate this holiday with family and friends. 

Yay! FREEDOM from school! Also it’s time to gain a couple pounds from eating some delicious food and some food that I will stay away from cough bean casserole cough.

Preparing for a thanksgiving feast is very difficult as it can take multiple days to prepare the food without considering how long it takes to go grocery shopping for the ingredients. 

(Side Note: I do nothing because I am banned from the kitchen because I might burn the house down.) 

The average Thanksgiving feast today includes a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, corn and many more. But out of all the food that was just named, only one was part of the first Thanksgiving: corn according to Sithsonian.  

Throughout the years it has been discovered that turkey was not eaten on Thanksgiving, but a different type of bird which was a wild fowl according to CNN. This is because turkey was not common during that time period. The Pilgrim and Wampanoag Indian also ate nuts, shellfish, venison, blueberries, cranberries and many more. Maybe it’s time to change the menu. Just joking . I want a nice turkey and some mashed potatoes in my stomach too. No sweets or desserts were celebrated at the first thanksgiving like cranberry sauce because sugar was expensive back then. Also no pumpkin pie or in fact any pie (the only pie anyone got was 3.14). No butter or flour was available to make one. Thanksgiving foods have changed throughout the years and evolved into the Thanksgiving people celebrate now,  and even going shopping for cheap deals as christmas is right around the corner.