Cranberries | CitiClean Blog TeamAs America prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, you might notice that there are many different Thanksgiving traditions celebrated around the country. Here are some of the most popular traditions, and a bit about where they come from.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce followed up with apple or pumpkin pies. These traditional foods are foods that were found easily in America during the time of the first Thanksgiving, and are in season during the colder fall weather. Cooking and eating together is perhaps the biggest Thanksgiving tradition of all.

Before and after dinner, most Americans enjoy watching Thanksgiving parades on television. Famous parades, like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City have been going on since November 1924. In addition to parades, Americans love to watch the many football games that are held on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to take notice of all the things we have to be thankful for. Some Americans come up with one thing to be thankful for each day of November, leading up to the holiday. Other families like to sit around the dinner table and discuss the many blessings in their lives together. Either way, it’s nice to take the time out to think of all the good things in our life.

Some people have a lot to be thankful for, and have a Thanksgiving tradition of helping those that are less fortunate than themselves. Volunteering at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen is a great way to give back to the community and express your thankfulness.

No matter what Thanksgiving traditions you celebrate one thing is for sure, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to celebrate with family and friends.

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