Thanksgiving is our signature collection of holiday resources first created in October 2001, in response to 9/11. We wanted to give Americans new ways to experience Thanksgiving 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.
Thanksgiving, America’s most universally celebrated holiday, is an ideal time to reflect on what makes our nation special.
Ceremonies to Choose
Ceremonies create a framework to help us 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 ceremonies were created by others to make their own traditions for friends and family. We hope you enjoy our ceremonies and are inspired to create your own.
A Memory Harvest (using stories to honor and remember those who cannot be with us at our Thanksgiving Table)
Freedom's Feast Thanksgiving Original Ceremony (sparks conversation about why we are thankful to be Americans)
Thanksgiving Celebrate Your Way
There is no right or wrong way to use Freedom's Feast. Your way is best when it works for you. Choose 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 your 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. Of course we have the original Pilgrim and Native American story from 1621. Even though Thanksgiving is our most widely celebrated national holiday, it didn’t become part of the permanent federal calendar until 1941. Surprised? So were we! Enjoy exploring the resources we've gathered and a short book list to share with younger children.
Thanksgiving Resources For You
Suggested Children's Thanksgiving Booklist
Photo: Library of Congress
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