It seems that every year more and more people are skipping Thanksgiving. I want to cover some reasons why people should keep this holiday alive.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family and friends.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family and friends.
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Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends. Even though we should all take this time to relax and be thankful for everything we are blessed with, it has also become one of the most forgotten holidays. Taking this time to catch up with those who mean the most to you is important. There are some reasons why people should keep this holiday alive and remember what it is all about.

It Is a Time for Family and Friends

Gather with family and friends and make memories.
Gather with family and friends and make memories.
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Thanksgiving may not have gifts and decorations, but it is good to gather with family and friends. Sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner should be a meaningful time. Some families still stick to the tradition of gathering for Thanksgiving day and having a big dinner with the people they love the most. However, some have lost sight of the importance of this holiday.

Over the years, I have noticed that there have been some things that change when celebrating Thanksgiving. Now when I enter a store after Halloween, Christmas decorations are all I see. Thanksgiving was a time for family and friends—now, it is being forgotten. When people are making plans for the holidays, they do not seem to plan for Thanksgiving anymore.

I have to say that I am one of those people that does not make Thanksgiving a priority on my holiday list. There was a time when we all gathered for Thanksgiving dinner, but it seems now that as older generations of the family are gone, it changed. Family and friends move away, which can make it hard to get together, so they do not worry about Thanksgiving at all. People overlook this holiday, but they do not realize that they are missing out on making valuable memories.

We Cannot Forget the History

The pilgrims celebrated their harvest with a feast.
The pilgrims celebrated their harvest with a feast.
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Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday. There is a history behind why we have this day to feast in November. People seem to ignore the reasons behind Thanksgiving. It seems that younger generations have lost interest in this holiday more than the older generations. The history behind it used to be remembered, but now it has been put at the bottom of the list as most people have done with traditions.

Thanksgiving started because the pilgrims celebrated their first successful harvest. They celebrated with an autumn harvest feast in November 1961. The pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans gathered together for this dinner, now known as the first Thanksgiving.

Today many people have forgotten the stories behind Thanksgiving, and now it is all about gathering for a big dinner with friends and family. The menu has changed some from when Thanksgiving started, but it is still a feast. Some people use this time to share with the less fortunate and provide dinner for them as well. There are still those who keep Thanksgiving alive and remember why we celebrate and share it with others.

We Should Remember What We are Thankful for

Everyone should remember what they have to be thankful for.
Everyone should remember what they have to be thankful for.
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Sometimes people get caught in things going on in their lives that they don’t take the time to be thankful for what they have been blessed with. It seems that people are always so busy and in a rush that they do not take time to slow down and enjoy life. That is one reason that they should not forget about this holiday. Thanksgiving is a good time to relax, be thankful, and share the moments with people who mean the most to you.

I have noticed over the years that some people even work through Thanksgiving. Some companies do not give their employees that day off anymore. I have also noticed that more people are volunteering to work because they do not see the importance of Thanksgiving anymore. People should be taking this time to look back and be thankful, not worrying about making the extra money.

Many people say that you should take this time to spend it with your family and friends because it could be the last. This has proven to be true in many ways. When you lose a part of the family or a close friend, it makes you wish you would have taken the time to spend the holidays with them. Be thankful for the people in your life and try to spend this holiday together.


Thanksgiving is almost here, and so many people do not have plans. People are skipping this holiday because they do not see the importance of it. It is more than just dinner with your family and friends. It is a time to be thankful and spend time with the people you have been blessed to have in your life. Even though some people still follow the traditions of Thanksgiving, so many people let this holiday and time to be thankful pass them by.