Thanksgiving Sign-up for International Students and Scholars

Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in US culture. Many people travel to be with family and friends on this special day and families often have their own family traditions for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is always on the 4th Thursday of November, but your host may invite you to join them on some other day (such as the Saturday after in order to accommodate family travel or obligations.)

Thanksgiving has its beginnings in the early American history when a group of European settlers, know as the Pilgrims, came to an uninhabited region of North America to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Native Americans (called Indians) befriended them and helped them in the strange new land. At harvest time the Indians brought harvest fruits and game to the new neighbors to celebrate the bounty of fall. The Pilgrims were very thankful for kindness of their new friends and even more for the provision of God. The focus was on thankfulness. Unfortunately, in recent years the focus on thankfulness has become blurred with other traditions like American football, and even more recently, by "Black Friday" shopping for deals (which is recently slopping over into Thanksgiving Thursday afternoon.) We encourage you to take advantage of the traditions observed by your host family, and not get distracted by Black Friday/Thursday shopping.

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