how are you??
For my American friends even if is late: “Happy Thanksgiving!”
Only for my American Friends because in Italy we don`t celebrate Thanksgiving!
Well, let`s start with some updates:
- Thanksgiving was amazing, we drove down to California to celebrate it with my “host mom” family and friends. What can I said, we eat a lot, I mean too much, but the apple pie was so good! I`m still dreaming about it!!!
- School and Montessori training – I was on a break for 4 days and so it was very nice came back to school on Monday. Monday was also a big day for me I had my first supervision visit from my training school. For 1 hour a lady came observing me in class, giving lessons and attending “circle time”( Circle is a time for the classroom community to come together and to greet one another. It’s also a time where the teacher might review concepts such as calendar, time, and whether or introduce a new work or group lesson.)
How did it go? – I think very well! I mean I told myself that I had to be myself nothing more, and I think this advice works well for me.
But now let`s talk about the post of today.
Even though Thanksgiving was last Thursday I want to write this post for share with you the story that there is behind this holiday.
- Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789 after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S. The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow —it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayers thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.
So it looks like that the history of Thanksgiving is made by a group of people from England (Pilgrims) who decided to travel for change their life landing in the United States. Building a new life, they become friends with the natives of the country and celebrate everything with a feast that the called Thanksgiving.
A couple of weeks ago I found a book on Amazon “The story of the Pilgrims” by Katharine Ross Illustrated by Carolyn Croll.
Is a nice book for children, is basically the story that I just told you, but in a kids version.
I don`t think it`s matter if is a true story or not what is really important is that Thanksgiving day became a day for stay together, for celebrate and be thankful.
I’m going to conclude my post with some of my little student’s thankful thoughts, just for make you smile a little and for remind you one more time, how simple, genuine and wonderful is our kid’s world.
Me: So, what are you thankful for?
Student 1: I`m thankful cause I`m not going to school tomorrow.
Student 2: I`m thankful cause I can sleep in tomorrow.
Student 3: …cause I`m going to eat a lot of pie.
Student 4: …cause my grandparents are coming to my house.
Student 5: ….cause we are going to celebrate all together.
Student 6: Cause… I don`t know…mmm… I`m thinking…cause….mmm… I don`t know….
Student 6: OH! The ring bell! I guess it’s time to go home!
Students: Thank you, Miss.Federica Happy Thanksgiving!
Me: HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY TO ALL OF YOU!
Kiss from Kika.