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My family and my friends by Melele


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Songs for Thanksgiving day

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Thanksgiving songs

(Tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" )

Turkeys, turkeys all around
On the fence, on the ground.
On the haystack, on the chair.
All around, everywhere.
Turkeys, turkeys all around.
Gobble, gobble what a sound!
(Jean Warren)

(Tune: “I’m A Little Teapot”)

I’m a great big turkey
‘Cause I’m well fed.
Watch me spread my feathers.
Watch me bob my head.

When I strut around
I waddle, waddle, waddle.
And when I talk
I “gobble, gobble, gobble”.

I’m a great big turkey
And I’d love to stay.
But Thanksgiving’s coming.
So it’s time to run away!
(Jean Warren)

(Tune: “Frere Jacques”)

It is Thanksgiving.
It is Thanksgiving.
Oh, what fun
For everyone.

Friends and family near,
Filled with holiday cheer.
Oh, what fun.
Thanksgiving’s come!
(Jean Warren)

Thanksgiving rhymes

Thanksgiving time
When all the leaves are off the boughs,
And nuts and apples gathered in,
And cornstalks waiting for the cows,
And pumpkins safe in barn and bin,
Then Mother says, "My children dear,
The fields are brown, and autumn flies;
Thanksgiving Day is very near,
And we must make thanksgiving pies!"

(by Author Unknown )

Five fat turkeys
Five fat turkeys were sitting on a fence.
(One hand up)
The first one said, "I'm so immense."
(Point to thumb)
The second one said, "I can gobble at you."
(Pointer finger)
The third one said, "I can gobble, too."
(Middle finger)
The fourth one said, "I can spread my tail."
(Ring finger)
The fifth one said, "Don't catch it on a nail."
(Little finger)
A farmer came along and stopped to say
(Pointer of other hand)
"Turkeys look best on Thanksgiving Day."

Funny turkey
The turkey is a funny bird.
It’s head goes wobble, wobble.
All it knows is just one word
And that is gobble, gobble!

Make a turkey with a bag

Make a turkey


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Recipes for Thanksgiving day

Pumpkin Soup
Preparation Time: 60 minutes

1 1/2 cups soup stock
1/4 cup margarine
1 medium white onion
3 or 4 cups cooked pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)

Method of Preparation:
Chop the onion coarsely. Melt the margarine in a large saucepan. Saute onion in melted margarine, add salt, pepper, and red pepper (optional). Cook until the onion is dark brown but not burned, on low to medium flame. Stir frequently and keep covered.

Add the cooked pumpkin and stir in the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for at least 45 minutes, covered, on low to medium flame.

Turkey Pizza
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Baking time : 20-30 minutes minutes

1 baked thin pizza crust (12 inches)
1-1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 can Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano
1 cup chopped leftover cooked turkey
1 can sliced black olives
1 cup parmesan cheese

Method of Preparation
1.Preheat oven to 450°F. Place crust on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
2.Top with tomatoes, turkey, artichokes, olives and Parmesan cheese.
3.Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

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Thanksgiving day (fourth Thursday of November)

   Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in the month of November, every year. It is a time characterized with lot of fun and frolic, gifting, family feasting, community praying etc.

   The natives of UK, pleased the God of fertility by offering him the first sheaf of corn. This was done to ensure a good harvest in the coming season. The ritual of offering an animal sacrifice, generally a hare, is accompanied with the cutting of last sheaf of corn. It is said that the last sheaf of corn contains its spirit. "corn dolls" are made to symbolize Goddess of grain. The entire community is invited for a celebratory dinner as part of the festivity.

   Origin of Thanksgiving Day

Journey of Pilgrims
The legendary pilgrims, crossed the Atlantic in the year 1620 in Mayflower-A 17th Century sailing vessel. About 102 people traveled for nearly two months with extreme difficulty. This was so because they were kept in the cargo space of the sailing vessel. No one was allowed to go on the deck due to terrible storms. The pilgrims comforted themselves by singing Psalms- a sacred song.

Arrival in Plymouth
The pilgrims reached Plymouth rock on December 11th 1620, after a sea journey of 66 days. Though the original destination was somewhere in the northern part of Virginia, they could not reach the place owing to winds blowing them off course. Nearly46 pilgrims died due to extreme cold in winter. However, in the spring of 1621, Squanto, a native Indian taught the pilgrims to survive by growing food.

Day of Fasting and Prayer
In the summer of 1621, owing to severe drought, pilgrims called for a day of fasting and prayer to please God and ask for a bountiful harvest in the coming season. God answered their prayers and it rained at the end of the day. It saved the corn crops.

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5th. November (Guy Fawkes´ Night)

On 5th November every year, children in Britain get excited because it is Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes' Night). We lit bonfires and enjoy fireworks displays. On top of the fire is a guy (a homemade model of a man, like a scarecrow).
They're remembering when the King of England, James l, and the Houses of Parliament were nearly blown up with gunpowder.

Why did Guy Fawkes want to kill King James 1st and the king’s leaders?

When Queen Elizabeth 1st took the throne of England she made some laws against the Roman Catholics. Guy Fawkes was one of a small group of Catholics who felt that the government was treating Roman Catholics unfairly. They hoped that King James 1st would change the laws, but he didn't.
Catholics had to practise their religion in secret. There were even fines for people who didn't attend the Protestant church on Sunday or on holy days. James lst passed more laws against the Catholics when he became king.

What happened - the Gungpowder Plot

A group of men led by Robert Catesby, plotted to kill King James and blow up the Houses of Parliament, the place where the laws that governed England were made.

The plot was simple - the next time Parliament was opened by King James lst, they would blow up everyone there with gunpowder. The men bought a house next door to the parliament building. The house had a cellar which went under the parliament building. They planned to put gunpowder under the house and blow up parliament and the king.

Guy Fawkes Discovered

Guy Fawkes was given the job to keep watch over the barrels of gunpowder and to light the fuse. On the morning of 5th November, soldiers discovered Guy hidden in the cellar and arrested him. The trail of gunpowder at his feet would never be lit.

Guy Fawkes was taken to the Tower of London

He was tortured and questioned about the other plotters. To start with he didn't tell the soldiers anything about the plot. But, eventually he started to tell the truth.

A Celebration

In celebration of his survival, King James ordered that the people of England should have a great bonfire on the night on 5th November.

A rhyme
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
We see no reason,
Why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot!

A song
Remember, remember,
the fifth of November,
It´s Bonfire Night tonight.
Sparklers fizzle,
Sausages sizzle,
Fireworks go crack, bang, pop!
Remember, remember,
the fifth of November
It´s Bonfire Night tonight.

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Poems for Halloween

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Pumpkin, Pumpkin,
Sitting on the wall.
Pumpkin, Pumpkin,
Tip and fall.
Pumpkin, Pumpkin,
Rolling down the street.
Pumpkin, Pumpkin,
Good to eat!
The Pumpkins Are Here
(Tune The Farmer in the Dell)

The pumpkins are here;
The pumpkins are there.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are everywhere.

The pumpkins are up;
the pumpkins are down.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are all around.

The pumpkins are in;
the pumpkins are out.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are all about.

The pumpkins are low;
the pumpkins are high.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
all say,"Goodbye!"
Where is Pumpkin?
(Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)

Where is Pumpkin?
Where is Pumpkin?
Here it is!
Here it is!
This one has a happy face,
This one has a scary face!
Roll away!
Roll away!
Halloween! Halloween!
Lots of fun on Halloween!
Black cats, witches and skeletons, too.
Ghosts and goblins all say BOO!

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