There is one day every year where many American people get together with their family, friends, and maybe even someone that they just met. They make a big turkey (or a ham for some families) and many other food items. After the food is all made they sit together at the table and enjoy their feast. This special day is called Thanksgiving. Today, families still eat many of those various types of food that have been enjoyed for many years. The average American person eats 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day! On a regular day people eat much less, 2,000-2,500 calories a day which is only half of what people eat on Thanksgiving Day.
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. That was 396 years ago! The first Thanksgiving consisted of ham, lobster, clams, berries, etc. Considering the time when they made those things, it sounds like it would take a while to make. To prepare that food you couldn’t just go to the store and buy what you wanted. Instead, they had to go hunting, gathering, and have a fire to be able to cook their food. There was so much work that was put into that day. In the end, I bet they had no regret for starting a tradition that has lasted for such a long time.
Have you ever thought what life would be like if we did not have Thanksgiving Day? I think it would be bad. First of all, we would not have a day off school or work. I would still be sitting in a chair rather than being at home with my family. I also wouldn’t get together with my family near the beginning of winter to make a lot of food. Finally, I wouldn’t be allowed to be lazy all day and instead would be yelled at to get up or go outside. I am very thankful for Thanksgiving Day.