Happy Thanksgiving from Zoobe!

Every November, the US celebrates Thanksgiving Day - a national holiday when families come together to share food, enjoy parades and watch American football. 

Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November. This year that falls on Thursday, November 26th.

Most government offices, businesses and schools close on Thanksgiving Day - with many closing on the Friday after, too, giving their employees a four day weekend.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal revolves around turkey, stuffing and vegetables including sweet potatoes or yams. Yams are a starchy root vegetable widely grown in the Carribean. The meal is traditionally rounded off with a pumpkin pie.

Many big cities and towns hold a Thanksgiving Day parade, the most famous of which is the Macy's parade in New York City.

The three-hour event features floats, costumes and huge helium balloons in the shape of cartoon characters including Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat. 

Playing and watching American football is one of the longest held Thanksgiving traditions. NFL, college, high school and amateur teams have played over the Thanksgiving weekend practically since the game's invention, and it's one of the biggest days in the football calendar.

The celebration of Thanksgiving is a feast to give thanks for the fruits of the previous harvest.

In America specifically, it dates back to the 1600s. There's some dispute over when the first Thanksgiving was, but many think it dates back to 1621, when the harvest was celebrated by the Pilgrims - Dutch settlers of the Plymouth Colony in what's now called Massachusetts.

It spread through the new country and was celebrated on different days in different commmunities until, in 1789, George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving Day.

We at Zoobe love a good celebration and Thanksgiving is no exception. Many of our users get creative this time of year when sending Thanksgiving invites or Happy Holiday messages to their friends and loved ones and we can't wait to see what you'll come up with this Thanksgiving. Check out some of the Thanksgiving messages from within the Zoobe family.

And a big thankyou to YOU for letting Zoobe be a part of your lives.