Thanksgiving Compare And Contrast

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Generally, if you ask a random person off the street to name the first holiday that comes to mind their answer is going to be either Thanksgiving or Christmas. Thanksgiving takes place on the fourth Thursday in November. Christmas is on December 25th every year. The holidays are the two most celebrated throughout the year in the United States. Christmas and Thanksgiving share many similarities regarding how they are celebrated, but are different when it comes to the international appreciation of each holiday. Thanksgiving and Christmas have many similarities. The two holidays share the coming together of family. Families, usually, get together to have a meal and to share each other's company. When kids get older and move out, these two holidays…show more content…
The first differences are the decorations. Thanksgiving is more of a fall color scheme. Decorations include: yellow and orange colors, pilgrims, squash, shucked corn, and other fall related items. On the other hand Christmas decorations include: red and green colors, evergreen trees, ornaments, lights, tinsel, stockings, Santa and many others, The second difference is why each holiday is celebrated. “The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians (Goldsmith).” Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses on giving thanks to God and giving back to others. Christmas, on the other hand, is a religious holiday. It is a celebrated Christian holiday. Christmas is the day that God’s son, Jesus, was born. Although Christmas is a religious holiday, the true meaning of Christmas tends to get lost. Kids wake up on Christmas morning to see what is under their tree or to see what Santa brought them this year. Each year more and more people are focusing on getting the best gift rather than what the day is truly about, celebrating Jesus’ birthday. The third difference is where each holiday is celebrated. Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the North American culture. On the contrary, Christmas is celebrated internationally, because it is a religious holiday. The two holidays might seem similar, but they are actually very different in more ways than
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