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Many Thanks Will Follow

Hosting dinner? Use holiday Scratch tickets as placeholders. Going to a holiday party? Tie a holiday Scratch ticket to a bottle of sparkling cider and offer it to your host. Give thanks and spread cheer this holiday season with Scratch!


Thanksgiving

The "First Thanksgiving" was celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World. The Pilgrims, some 100 people seeking religious freedom, set sail from England on the Mayflower in September 1620. After a two-month journey, they settled at Plymouth Harbor. The Pilgrim's first winter proved dire and many did not survive the first few months. Over the next year, with the help of the native Wampanoug people, the Pilgrims learned how to survive. The first Thanksgiving feast was attended by about 53 Pilgrims and 90 American Indians, and lasted three days. 

Today Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by getting together with friends and family and by giving thanks for all the blessings they've received throughout the year.

Here are some ideas to help you celebrate the day.

Start the day out with exercise! Look online for Turkey Trot activities in your area. Most sponsors are charitable organizations, and your participation funds programs that provide resources to those in need. Check these out! In Denver: United Way's 40th Annual Turkey Trot; in Pueblo: YMCA's Turkey Trot; in Ft. Collins: Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk; and in Grand Junction the Professional Firefighters' 5K Turkey Trot


Hunger has no boundaries; it doesn't matter if you live in an urban, suburban or rural setting. Consider donating your time working at a food kitchen. If you don't have time for that you can contribute in other ways. Find a charity online and donate, or grab a gift card from your local grocery store and drop it off at your local foodbank. Be sure to do your due diligence and research the charity you'll be supporting. 



If you're celebrating a close-knit family Thanksgiving, try this fun activity. Give everyone a slip of paper for each person attending (4 people attending, each person gets 4 slips of paper). Instruct everyone to write something nice about each one of the guests in attendance. Collect all pieces of paper before dining and separate by guest's name. Place each guest's slips of paper near their place setting. Before eating, ask each guest to read aloud what has been written about them. 

Thanks for playing, and have a happy Thanksgiving!


The Pilgrims
In the year of 1620
on a cold December day
a hundred and two Pilgrims
sailed into Plymouth Bay.
Still wary from their voyage -
still facing winter's chill -
they kept their sights on freedom
with courage, work, and will.
Pilgrims did not stop to think
of riches, fame, or glory
while bravely playing starring roles
in our new nation's story.
by Bobbi Katz