How Chinese celebrate Thanksgiving Day

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Most of our customers are preparing for their holiday to celebrate it. So we are comparatively not that busy. We even hope that we can have a day off…hint, hint.

I knew about Thanksgiving Day after I went to university. My English teacher, Maggie, knew a lot about these kinds of holidays. In those days, I knew more about Saint Valentine’s Day and Christmas Day. And I learned about Thanksgiving Day, Halloween and Easter Day.

As my understanding, Thanksgiving Day, a legal holiday in the U.S., was first celebrated in early colonial times in New England. The actual origin, however, is probably the harvest festivals that are traditional in many parts of the world Festivals and Feasts. And now, the Americans will go back home and stay with family on Thanksgiving Day no matter wherever they are and whatever they do. Nowadays more and more Chinese will celebrate this holiday to show our thanks to our family and friends around. It is a good chance for us to look back at what we have gotten from others and learn to say “Thanks for your…” to whom we want to thank and we should thank. Especially for the young people who have little feeling for giving thanks. We always think it as a matter of course when we enjoy the caring of our parents and don’t realize that we should say “thank you” for their GIVING. It is an alert for us in these calloused times.

The American traditions of Thanksgiving revolve around a huge and lavish meal, usually with Turkey as the centerpiece. Modern times, the thanksgiving dinners include the pumpkin pie. It is a good chance for the whole family to sit together. And I’m really very curious about the Turkey since the picture I saw about it is much lager than a common chicken. It is huge! I even imagine that I will taste it myself someday when I have a chance to spend a Thanksgiving Day in US.

In China, the schools usually hold a party to let the students know about this holiday and learn to express their thanks to those who they want to thank. It is a good way to teach the children to learn how to appreciate and cherish what they have. I’m looking forward to hear some thankful words from my son. And I’m planning to call my parents to tell them that I’m so happy to be their child and I love them. I also plan to do something for my parents to thank their help on taking care of my babies. I also want to thank my babies, Irene and Robin, because they make me feel life is so wonderful with them.

At last, I want to say, thanks for your help, Susan, Fly, Alice, Erica and Greg.

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One Response to How Chinese celebrate Thanksgiving Day

  1. Very nice post Sunny! Happy Thanksgiving

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