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Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday celebrated in North America (the United States of America and Canada)
and roughly corresponding to the various Harvest Festivals celebrated in many European countries. There is also an unrelated national holiday
also known as “Thanksgiving”
celebrated on October 25th in Grenada – this particular holiday marks the anniversary of the 1983 US led invasion of the island.

In the United States
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November
with most of the workers in the country (78% as of 2007) being given both Thanksgiving itself and the following days as a paid holidays (and hence getting in aggregate at least a four day weekend). The US version of Thanksgiving traces it roots to early English settlers in Virginia and Massachusetts
and is particularly known for the Thanksgiving dinner which traditionally is a feast including turkey
mashed potatoes with gravy
sweet potatoes
green bean casserole
cranberry sauce
and rolls
as well as pecan and pumpkin pies.

In Canada
Thanksgiving itself falls on the second Monday of October
but many people take either a three day (Saturday to Monday) or four day (Friday to Monday) weekend for the holiday. Canadian Thanksgiving traces its origins in part to the English explorer
Martin Frobisher
who established a settlement in Canada in 1578
and in part to First Nations’ traditions. Canadian Thanksgiving dinner is generally very similar to the US version
but many Canadians also celebrate the country’s multicultural heritage and add many traditional ethnic foods to their meal.

As many family and community gatherings occur at Thanksgiving
it is an excellent opportunity to participate in group activities and play games which celebrate the occasion. Additionally
the run-up to Thanksgiving is marked in many schools
with many teachers using this time of year to expand students’ knowledge of their history. For both situations
one particular activity that is worth considering is Thanksgiving bingo. This is exactly like normal bingo
but you play using bingo cards containing words and phrases related to Thanksgiving
rather than using traditional numbered bingo cards. Thanksgiving bingo can be educational but is easy to learn
and most importantly
a lot of fun.

If you are considering playing Thanksgiving bingo
the main thing that you are probably wondering about is where you can get the specially themed bingo cards. In the bad old days
you had to send off to a specialist publisher to get them – and they were often kind of expensive. Today however
you can simply print such bingo cards on your computer – either by downloading free Thanksgiving bingo printables from the Internet
or by getting some affordable but easy to use bingo card generator software – the latter option
will allow you to print as many bingo cards as you might want
on any topic at all.

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