Thanksgiving Traditions Crossword Puzzle

Thanksgiving Traditions Crossword Puzzle

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Thanksgiving Activity

Teacher Answers for crossword puzzle and about Thanksgiving. Take some time on this page for the best results and other things you can talk with your class about Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Traditions Crossword Puzzle

Tidbits & Clues all over this page!

Thanksgiving dinner 1942 menu from the
USS Augusta

Cream of Tomato Soup
Fruit Cocktail Saltines
Chicken and Turkey en Casserole
Baked Spiced Spam a la Capitaine de Vaisseau
Giblet Gravy Cherry Dressing
Buttered Asparagus Tips
Chantilly Potatoes a la Patton
Buttered June Peas de Safi Scalloped Tomatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Hot Parker Rolls du Lyautey
Butter Jam
Apple Pie a la Michelier Strawberry Ice Cream
Mixed Nuts du Jean Bart
Sweet Pickles Ripe Olives
Cafe Noir

1950's Retro Thanksgiving dinner menu:

Mixed Greens with Orange and Avocado
Roast Turkey
Chestnut And Oyster Stuffing
Giblet Gravy
Roast Goose
Apple And Prune Stuffing
Brussels Sprouts, Onion Butter
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Jellied Cranberry Mold
Buttered Dinner Rolls
Tomato Preserves
Celery Hearts
Preserved Kumquats
Spiced Crabapples
Rum Mince Pie
Pumpkin Cream Pie

The mum or chrysanthemum is the most popular fall flower - it actually flowers in the fall in the U.S. especially in the midwest.

Where is Thanksgiving in the Bible?
It's not in the Bible!

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
To thank God for all we have.

U.S. Thanksgiving emulates (copies), celebrates and remembers the Pilgrims giving thanks to God in the "new world".

The Pilgrims wanted to worship God in their own way, but in their home land, they were not allowed to. The pilgrims had to cross an entire ocean to find a place where they could worship God in their own way. Pilgrims became the symbol of freedom for everyone to worship they way you want to, even though they were really only seeking a way for themselves to worship the way they wanted.

About Thanksgiving dinner traditional foods:

Because the first Thanksgiving meal was shared and partly derived from native american indians helping or showing the Pilgrims what they ate, many of the foods at the Thanksgiving table were foods that grew or were available in the surrounding area at that time. Refrigerators weren't invented yet!

What are some of the first foods believed to have been served on the original Thanksgiving - or foods likely available for thanksgiving? Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster, Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles, Wheat Flour, Indian Corn (dried) , Pumpkin (but not as a pie) , Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots, Plums, Grapes, Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns, Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, cranberries and Parsnips! Now they had open fires, but likely no one had an oven yet to bake bread or pies.

Thanksgiving Foods that have become traditional since the 1940's, (or even earlier) but were not on the Pilgrim table include corn on the cob (or cooked corn kernels) , cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes (yams).

A link is easily seen that pumpkin pie came from the pumpkin, and ask your class what other links they can make from the early Pilgrim foods to the current foods on a thanksgiving table.

Wild spelling by the pilgrims! Write these on the board and see if the students know the correct spelling.

Edward Winslow, a man who was actually at the first Thanksgiving noted these foods generally: fowl and deere. William Bradford recorded these for the Thanksgiving feast: cod, & bass, & other fish, water foule, wild Turkies, venison, and Indean corn.

The Pilgrim Hall museum says our modern Thanksgiving comes from three traditions* gradually combined in colonial New England. A new custom was born : a special day of both prayer and of feasting, celebrated in family groups, and proclaimed annually by the Governor in thanks for general well-being and a successful harvest

Believe it or not there are several different histories of Thanksgiving.

Tell your students about some or all of the many historic thanksgivings on our other page.

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First source: Kathleen Curtin, Food Historian at Plymouth Plantation


* One tradition is the harvest festival.The event we call the "First Thanksgiving" at Plymouth, held by the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors in 1621, was an informal harvest festival. While both the Pilgrims and the Native Americans would have expressed their thanks to God on a daily basis, this festival was a secular celebration.The second tradition from which our modern Thanksgiving has evolved is the Puritan religious "Day of Thanksgiving" called by a religious leader in response to a special act of Divine Providence. The third tradition is a special day of thanksgiving, called by a civic (not a religious) authority, to celebrate a specific event, such as victory in battle or the end of a war.

About thanks: Psalms 69:30, Psalms 95:2, Psalms 100:4


Sunday School Thanksgiving Activity, Harvest Activity

Copies of the activity Pages for each student

pencils or pens


If you got to this site a week + ahead of Thanksgiving:
The week before Thanksgiving 1. Ask the class if they know what is giblet gravy? 
(Answer heart, gizzard and liver made into gravy - yuk!)
If no one knows, ask them to ask a parent or grandparent - or let them guess or look it up on the web!

2. Ask the class to ask a grandparent what they ate as a child at Thanksgiving dinner. (It very likely is much like today or the Retro menu near the top of this page.)

3. Ask the class if they know what a hay ride is.

See also our thankful list.

NOW: Print this page for the answers