Thanksgiving is our original Freedom's Feast holiday celebration. First created in October 2001, it was a response to 9/11 as we all struggled to recover from the terrible assault on our nation.
We began with a ceremony and expanded over the past decade to include the offerings below.
We all love Thanksgiving, America’s most widely celebrated holiday. Its purpose, centerpiece meal and universal appeal give us the opportunity to reflect on what makes our nation special.
Ceremonies to Choose
Ceremonies help us to stop and think about why we've gathered. They remind us that the holiday we celebrate has a unique purpose. We offer a range of ceremonies from the simple “Try a Slice” to our full version with its many variations. Some of the ceremonies we offer were created by others to make their own traditions for friends and family. We hope you enjoy our options and are inspired to create your own. Conduct them wherever your group gathers and you want their attention--usually before eating!
A Memory Harvest (use stories to honor or remember those who cannot be with us at our Thanksgiving Table)
Thanksgivukkah – Celebrate a once in a lifetime opportunity when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide. It will not happen again for nearly 80,000 years! Published in collaboration with JewishBoston.com.
Freedom's Feast Thanksgiving Ceremony (sparks conversation about why we are thankful to be Americans)
Celebrate Your Way
Choose the way that works best for you and add one or more of our celebration ideas to add to your current Thanksgiving practice. Whatever choice you make will help to involve everyone and provide new ways to share stories, history, and special talents across generations.
Create a Keepsake
Make your own Thanksgiving Gratitude Plate that expresses the things you are thankful for and becomes a treasured Thanksgiving display item.
Holidays have a history. Thanksgiving has the original Pilgrim and Native American story from 1621. Yet our most popular national holiday didn't become part of the permanent federal calendar until 1941. Enjoy exploring the resources we've gathered to learn more.
Thanksgiving Resources For You
Suggested Children's Thanksgiving Booklist
Photo: Library of Congress
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