Thanksgiving

President Trump and others standing next to a turkey (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving turkey stops by the White House before going to college

Each year in the U.S., the president kicks off the winter holiday season in an official "turkey pardoning" ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden.
President Obama and his daughters standing next to live turkey (© AP Images)

Pardon a turkey? It’s a White House tradition before Thanksgiving.

Every year, the U.S. president will "pardon" a live turkey, ensuring that the bird will not be eaten as part of the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
President Obama and daughter Sasha volunteering at D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington (© AP Images)

As Thanksgiving ushers in U.S. holiday season, Americans give back

What is Thanksgiving and how is it celebrated? Racing, food donations and volunteering are some of the ways Americans give thanks and give back.

During winter holidays, Americans rejoice, reflect and reach out to those...

American winter holidays are as diverse as the people who celebrate them. But they have a few things in common: reflection and reaching out to the needy.

Everyday conversations: Thanksgiving in the U.S. [audio]

Practice American English by reading and listening to these real-world everyday conversations. Here, students discuss celebrating their first Thanksgiving.