Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November, a different date every year.

  • falls on = cai (em tal dia)

The first Thanksgiving feast in the United States was held by the Pilgrims and the Indians, who got together to thank the Lord for their first harvest in the New World. (It’s an interesting story. I’ll tell it to you one of these days.)


  • held by = realizado (festa, evento, etc.) por
  • Pilgrims = Peregrinos
  • got together = se reuniram
  • harvest = colheita
  • one of these days = um dia desses

Abraham Lincoln (the 16th president of the United States) proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day holiday in 1863.

Today, Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated and traditional holidays in the United States. Érico Veríssimo in his book “Gato Preto em Campo de Neve” expressed his surprise at how they even took a Thanksgiving meal to American soldiers on the front line during World War II.

It is a special day set aside to give thanks to God for His bountiful blessings.

  • set aside, phrasal verb = separado
  • give thanks = dar graças
  • bountiful = abundantes e generosos

Families usually eat a special meal together and do some, or all, of the following activities.


Here are some things Americans do on Thanksgiving Day:

1. Decorate with “Indian _______” and _________ and other harvest and fall themes.

  • harvest = colheita
  • fall = outono

2. See a Thanksgiving Day ___________ .

3. Get _________ with family and friends.

4. Eat a Thanksgiving Dinner (sometimes called a _________ Dinner).

5. Someone _________ the Turkey.

6. Give ________ for all God’s blessings.

7. Watch an “important” (american) _________ game on TV.

Answers: 1. corn – squash; 2. Parade; 3. together; 4. Turkey; 5. carves; 6. thanks; 7. football


1. turkey and ____________

2. mashed potatoes and _______

3. ___________ sauce

4. candied _________ potatoes

5. _________ corn

6. green bean ___________

7. white bread ________

8. ___________ pie

1. stuffing; 2. gravy; 3. cranberry; 4. sweet; 5. baked; 6. casserole; 7. rolls; 8. pumpkin


Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.. What are you thankful for?
Pelo que você é grato?

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