Thanksgiving on the Web links holiday with food, fun, gamesteacher.scholastic.com/thanksgiving
One of the most respected educational publishing companies, Scholastic offers a number of online activities. The visuals include a timeline of the events from September 1620, when the pilgrims set sail from England, to their meeting the Wampanoag American Indian tribe and celebrating the harvest in 1621.
For those hosting a Thanksgiving Day party, here is a site with games that are “not just for kids.” Games are divided into “(Relatively) Quiet,” “Noisy” and “Outdoor.” Some games require old clothing because, as noted, “cranberries can stain.”
Traditionally, the crowning glory of any Thanksgiving dinner is a turkey. For vegetarians, that might not be very appealing. The authors of this site write that they have celebrated turkey-free Thanksgivings for 10 years. “And we haven’t done it by just hiding out in our house with our little piles of birdseed and salad, either.”
Appetizer recommendations include a tray of sliced vegetables and pumpkin soup. Instead of turkey, they recommend salad, steamed carrots and green beans, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, vegan biscuits, vegan nut roast with stuffing a la peta, vegan gravy and cranberry sauce. And for dessert, vegan pumpkin pie and butter tarts.
Though not exclusively a Christian holiday, there are Thanksgiving-related hymns. This Web site offers some as free downloads.
Thanksgiving can raise conflicting emotions. The Pilgrims’ arrival was the beginning of the end of the Native American way of life. This Web site brings together book excerpts, articles, essays and documents by and about Native Americans. Jacqueline Keeler explores what Thanksgiving has meant to the indigenous people of America.
by Joe Yong-hee