The fourth Thursday in November, Americans traditionally take a break to reflect and be grateful for the abundant blessings we have in our lives. For many, that value is rooted in warm and long-awaited gatherings with family and friends.
After last Thanksgiving, when gatherings were dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, Google marks this year’s celebration of all we’re grateful for, with an animated doodle that reflects togetherness. In Thursday’s Google Doodle, which is reminiscent of the break ad in the 1950s cinema, Let’s All Go to the Lobby, the standard fixes for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner happily end in a merry march.
Doodle’s holiday parade is led by a sauce boat (because everyone actually follows its progress around the table) and includes an ax, a yam, a potato, a slice of pumpkin pie and a cranberry.
The annual tradition of Thanksgiving, which this year marks its 400th anniversary, was formalized by President George Washington in 1789 and became a federal holiday under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The date of Thanksgiving was changed to the fourth Thursday in November under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 and is now synonymous with turkey, stuff and the annual day after the Black Friday bargain hunt.
Happy Thanksgiving. Now, let’s eat!