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7 Reasons We Love Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, November, American Holiday

7 Reasons We Love Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. The first was celebrated in 1621 in Plymouth Colony which would later become Massachusetts. The Pilgrim settlers held a feast as an expression of gratitude to god for a successful harvest and the survival of their community. It was also a celebration of appreciation to the incredible generosity and fullness of spirit shown them by the indigenous Wampanoag people. Without the supply of food the tribe shared with the refugees from across the ocean, the colony would not have survived that first extremely difficult winter. For those Native American people to display such compassion and kindness to people so different still shines like a beacon of light for almost 400 years!  As we celebrate and share the bounty of our table and our lives with family and friends this Thanksgiving, I hope we all silently remember that act of humanity that is still remarkable after four centuries.

Thanksgiving did not become an annual celebration until much later. It was not until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November a national holiday. As Thanksgiving became more popular, it has evolved through the years to be synonymous for modern Americans with parades, football, turkey, and visits to grandma’s house. I recommend taking a few minutes to watch this great ...

It's November. What Are You Doing This Month?

Centennial Lake Park Edina MN November 2015

Hey Minneapolis and St Paul, what are you doing this month?

November is the month that falls right smack in the middle of fall. In addition to the bounty of the season, we have a couple of holidays to celebrate this month. November 11 is Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor the brave men and women who have served our country by their service in the military.Thanksgiving on November 26 is the day we gather with family and friends to watch the Macy's Day Parade and football, as well as to eat too much turkey and pumpkin pie. The day following is Black Friday and although it is not technically a holiday many people have the day off work and it is the busiest shopping day of the entire year kicking off the biggest shopping season of the entire year. 

Now that we have the holidays accounted for, let’s take a look at some weekend events going on in the Metro and celebrate this great month.

Walker Art Center Minneapolis MN

Sunday November 8

Join the Walker Art Center in celebrating its 75th anniversary. Visit the McGuire Theater for the Object Lesson, part of the Walker’s Immerse Yourself series. In this comically moving one-man show, award-winning actor Geoff Sobelle transforms the stage into an immersive and immense performance-installation that unpacks our relationship with...