Cherish your Thanksgiving

Megan Robinson, Staff Writer

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Thanksgiving is a holiday where many families gather to give thanks and to help others.
Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving though. More than 13 percent of Americans will dine alone on Thanksgiving or not at all, according to a Gallup poll.
Among those who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving are immigrant families, those who have negative associations with the holiday (divorced parents whose holiday turf battles made for bad memories) or people who live in the U.S. but grew up overseas in non-American households.
There are many games or traditions your family can take part in whether you’re cooking a turkey or not.
The wishbone: the art of breaking the wishbone is derived from the ancient Romans, who in groups of two began to wish on the same bone and then snap the clavicle of a chicken or turkey in half. The person who got the bigger half was deemed the winner and granted her wish, according to the Tri-City Herald.
This practice eventually made its way to England and the New World by way of the pilgrims. The term “wishbone” wasn’t used until the mid-1800s, around the time President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.
Helping others: many people use Thanksgiving as a day to help those less fortunate than them. Many will donate food or volunteer at soup kitchens. Some even act as host families to those in need.
Parades: Parades have been a fun pastime to watch and participate in on Thanksgiving day. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York attracts more than 3.5 million people to the streets each year, and 50 million TV viewers nationwide. The Macy’s parade is 92 years old and is the second oldest Thanksgiving parade in America behind the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, which kicked off in 1924, according to U.S News and World Report.
Interactive games for the family: Although technology has taken over, traditional board games and card games can be just as fun. Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry!, The Game of Life, Pictionary, and Cards Against Humanity are all good picks for small and big families.

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