Thanks to the modernization of many holidays, most celebrations have a sugar-coated story attached to their legacy. Unsurprisingly, there are many Thanksgiving myths that schools still teach kids. You might even remember these stories when you were a student. Often, these stories are interpreted differently in books, lesson plans, and movies. Needless to say, the annual Thanksgiving holiday is often linked to traditions that many accept without question. It means so much more than turkey and pumpkin pie, though.
It’s understandable why schools may not want to focus on the less-than-glamorous aspects of holidays like Thanksgiving. But it’s also important for everyone — children included — to know the truth. These concepts can be the springboard for enlightening discussions with your child. This is especially true when many holidays are linked to materialism, shopping, and expectations. Of course, making the decision to tell the “real” story about Thanksgiving should be made with your discretion. Wait until you feel the time is right; simply being aware is key.
At the very least, you can brush up on common Thanksgiving myths, helping you understand the real history of the day. Over time, you’ll be able to guide your child in understanding how this holiday is more than what it seems to be.