Thanksgiving is Coming! (History, Culture, and Black Friday)

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Story of Thanksgiving

 “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelled in the Heavens,” was proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in 1863. Since then, Thanksgiving has become an official and major holiday in the US along with New Year’s Day and Christmas.

 Over the years, there has been constant debate over when the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in the U.S. The first mention of Thanksgiving was in December 1621, after the Pilgrims survived their first Winter in 1620 and had grown plenty of food during the year. They celebrated by having 3 days of feasting with the Native Americans.

Thanksgiving Dinner

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The traditional meal for this time of year usually consists of turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. No one really knows why these are on the menu every Thanksgiving but it has become a custom that many Americans love. Even if you may not be fond of everything on this menu, it is always fun to add food from your own culture so that you can make this American holiday your own.

Thanksgiving Day Parades

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

These parades have a great way to start off Thanksgiving Day and put you in the holiday spirit. Filled with marching bands, festive floats and giant balloons of popular characters such as Spider Man and SpongeBob, you are sure to feel like a kid again. Some of the best parades in the U.S. are listed below:

 

New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Houston’s H-E-B Holiday Parade (Houston, Texas), Chicago’s Grand Holiday Tradition (Chicago, IL), America’s Hometown Parade (Plymouth, MA), Seattle Macy’s Day Parade (Seattle, WA), Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade (St. Louis, MO), Carolinas’ Carrousel Parade (Charlotte, NC), America’s Thanksgiving Parade (Detroit, MI), Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade (Philadelphia, PA).

Black Friday

Recently, it has become a popular part of Thanksgiving. The term “Black Friday” became popular in the 1960s when stores used this as a mark that the Christmas shopping season will be starting. It is the hottest shopping season in one year. Black Friday offers the best shopping deals at the lowest prices, but it only works for those customers who are prepared. Here are some Black Friday tips:

 Do your research and compare price: If you are planning to buy something popular and expensive, like a laptop or mobile phone, it is important to check the reviews by previous customers. You can check the average retail price and compare prices online for the product before you go directly to the store that has the best offer deal.

Bring Ads and use store credits: Bring Ads or coupons with you to the store to make sure that you are getting their guaranteed “lowest price”. Don’t forget to use your store credit card to earn more reward points. 

Be familiar with early bird specials and store policies: Some of the stores would open at 12:00 a.m. on Black Friday, and others would open early from 4:00 a.m. or 6:00 a.m. Be an early bird to get the best deals! However, you can stay up late to get night owl specials if you aren’t a morning person. Remember to check the store policy because most of the products are on their final sales!

The most important thing that you need to remember is to ensure that you are staying within your budget as much as possible and not get carried away and overspend!

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