On the fourth Thursday on November in houses around the USA
families get together for a feast or a large meal. Almost all families eat turkey,
cranberry soas and also they have a pumpkin pie. This fiest is a part of a special
day, the holiday of thanksgiving. In 1620 the P. made difficult trip across the
Ocean from England. They came to America in a little ship called Mayflower. There
were about 100 people on this shiP. They landed in what is now Massachusetts.
The P. had not be allowed to freely practise their religion. They could not have
their own church in Britain so they went to new world in search of religious freedom.
The P. first winter was very hard almost half of these group dead of cold, hunger
and disease, but the Indians of Massachusetts taught the P. to plaint corn, to
hunt and fish. When the next Fall came, the P. had planted of food. They were
thankfull and I feast to give thanks. They invited Indians to join them. It was
the first thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving became a national holiday, because of a women Sarah Hael. For 40 years Sarah wrote to each president and ask for a holiday of thanksgiving. At last she was successeful it was in 1863 when the president Lincoln declare thanksgiving a holiday.