In “Celebrate! Thanksgiving”, our MVP Kids® role play significant characters and events from the historic first Thanksgiving. Then bridge history into a lesson on thankfulness. Here are 3 things that you may not know about Thanksgiving that come straight from the back page of this book in our Helpful Teaching Tips.

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Thanksgiving Fact #1

“The first Thanksgiving in 1621 was intended as an English harvest celebration…The Wampanoag and English settlers joined together for a three-day feast. The feast consisted of deer, corn and shellfish.”

Thanksgiving Fact #2

“Thanksgiving, as Americans celebrate it today, was instituted as a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln. It was seen as a way to set aside differences and ease tensions during the civil war… President Franklin D. Roosevelt later adjusted the date to the fourth Thursday in November.”

Thanksgiving Fact #3

“Sadly, the peace between the Wampanoag and the settlers did not last more than one generation. The Native American’s descendants have viewed the Thanksgiving holiday as a reminder of betrayal. Many of them gather at a statue of Massasoit, the Wampanoag chief, to remember their ancestors. It is important to remember there is always more than one side to history and cultural celebrations.”