Situation: Tom and Mary are on their way to their grandparent’s home to celebrate
Thanksgiving with the rest of their family.
Mary: Mom, are we almost there yet? I am so hungry I could eat this whole dish of cornbread!
Mom: Not quite, Mary. We have about another hour of driving before we reach Grandma’s house. I know both of you are very hungry, so how about some apples? I cut some into slices before we left this morning.
Tom: What about the cornbread, Mom? Can we each have a piece? They look so good!
Mom: Not yet Tom. Don’t you want to wait until you get to Grandma’s house and share the cornbread with everyone? Remember, Thanksgiving is a holiday to celebrate with family.
Tom: OK, Mom. I suppose I can wait until we get there then. Mary, do you want to share some of these apple slices with me?
Mary: Yes, please! I am so hungry—I cannot wait to eat Aunt Grace’s yams, Grandma Patty’s mashed potatoes, Uncle Joe’s steaks…
Tom: Uncle Tom’s turkey, or Aunt Sue’s pumpkin pie!
Mom: Stop it you two! I am getting hungry now too!
Mary: Mom, why do we always eat these types of foods on Thanksgiving? What is so special about these dishes?
Mom: Actually, the food is not the focus of Thanksgiving. We eat these dishes because they are traditional Thanksgiving dishes; however, the main focus of this holiday is really to praise and give thanks to God for all our blessings. And what better way to celebrate God’s blessings than to gather with our family, the biggest blessing of all?
Tom: I learned in History class that Thanksgiving does not happen on a specific date like Christmas does every December 25th. Instead, Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year.
Mary: Ahhhh! So Thanksgiving is like Tet? There is no specific date for Tet. Tet just starts on the first day of the new moon.
Tom: I suppose you could say that Thanksgiving and Tet are similar in that manner. But they are two completely different holidays! Didn’t you learn anything about Thanksgiving in your
class? Do you remember the Pilgrims or the Native Americans?
Mary: Yes, I remember learning about Squanto, the Native American who taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn when they first came to America. He was a big help to the Pilgrims, and without him, they might not have survived.
Tom: So, to show their appreciation, the Pilgrims hosted a feast and invited the Native Americans to eat with them. This is probably another reason why our family comes together for Thanksgiving.
Mom: That is right, Tom. Families also come together to appreciate one another.
Mary: Does that mean that Dad will make it to Grandma’s house in time for Thanksgiving dinner then?
Mom: Of course he will! Dad shortened his business trip a few days just so he could make it to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving, so you see how important Thanksgiving is? I called Uncle
Joe before we left home to ask him to pick up Dad from the airport. He might even be at Grandma’s house already, waiting for us to get there!
Mary: Great! I really wish we were already at Grandma’s house! I cannot wait to see Dad!
Tom: Yeah, and then we can all eat together! What a great Thanksgiving!