The year is slowly coming to an end and we are officially in the “dark season”. Although we are already starting to think about the quiet and tranquil winter and Christmas time, they have already started celebrating in the US with Thanksgiving!
There are many stories and myths about Thanksgiving. The first settlers, colonists and pilgrims, who had to brave the storms for weeks and had to put up with many other exertions during their voyage to the “New World”, are said to have expressed their gratitude for the successful crossing with a festive feast. There are also tales of traditions where Indian tribes provided food for new people arriving who were starving and thus saved their lives. Whatever is true, ultimately it’s the thought that counts. The Thanksgiving feast has been a sign of peace and cooperation since its inception. For most Americans, this feast is a great occasion for the whole family to get together for a day of rest and to say thank you for all the good things in life. In everyday life, it is easy for people to forget not to take things for granted.
Because we find this tradition so lovely, and find the values it stands for to be important, today we surprised our children in both the kindergarten as well as at school by organising an opulent and delicious “Thanksgiving Lunch”. At school, all children ate traditionally prepared roast turkey with mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and Mac & Cheese. Before the children enjoyed this special lunch, we talked about the history and tradition of Thanksgiving, then we all thought about what we are thankful for and managed to come up with a lot.
We are very grateful that our Erzieher Mr. Veazie was able to organise this lunch in collaboration with our catering company “Löwenzahn“. And by the way, it wasn’t just the kids who found the food so tasty!