Thanksgiving falls on November 25th this year. This holiday is a landmark in the history of the United States. According to legend, the tradition began in 1621. A year before, a pilgrim ship had come to the shores of North America. Unfortunately, people did not know that American soils are different from European ones. So, having failed to reap the harvest, people were not ready for the harsh winter. More than half of them died from cold and disease. Fortunately, the locals came to the rescue and taught the pilgrims about subsistence farming in the new land. A year later, people prepared a magnificent holiday as a token of gratitude to the land for the harvest, and to the local residents for their help.

It's hard to believe, but 400 years have passed since then. Much has changed, traditions and interpretations have also changed, but the holiday has acquired a special meaning in American culture. Today it is loved by both Native Americans and people who have found a new home in America. It is no coincidence that respect, unity, and gratitude are eternal values ​​that unite people. On this day, it is important to remember the joyful moments of the year. It is also significant to remember the difficulties and challenges.

Traditional Thanksgiving Day is spent with family and friends. Preparation for a holiday often begins several days in advance. Some families start the day with active games and walks. For many, it is critical to prepare charitable donations and give gifts to those in need. After that, everyone sits down at the table. Favorite dishes on this day are turkey, pumpkin, corn, potatoes, and apple pie.

You can relax after the feast by watching your favorite movie. In this case, we have prepared a selection of themed films and cartoons for the whole family.

National Treasure (2004)

National Treasure (2004)

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The protagonist Benjamin "Ben" firmly believes in a fantastic treasure hidden by the founders of America somewhere in a secluded place. Enlisting the support of a friend and a treasure hunter, Ben sets out in search of a clue. But finding hidden wealth is not easy at all. It turns out that the secret of the treasure can only be revealed with the help of the United States Declaration of Independence. At the same time, it turns out that lovers of easy money are interested in the treasures of the nation too. Therefore, Ben and Company prove not only to solve the puzzle but also to fight criminals. Will Ben be able to cope with the difficulties and find the treasure to return it to the American nation? This fast-paced adventure film will not let you get bored. In addition, he fosters honesty, patriotism, and interest in the history of his own country. Recommended for family viewing!

Sweet November (2001)

Sweet November

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How long does it take to radically change your life? Sometimes it takes years of effort and running in a circle. But the main characters have only a month. Sarah and Nelson live in different worlds. He is a skilled advertising agent who only cares about his career. She is an eccentric girl who lives by her own rules. It would seem that they are not destined to meet, but a chance acquaintance changes them. Sarah is not like the women Nelson likes, but on her initiative, the meetings continue. She sees the poverty and awkwardness of a new friend's life and fascinates him with her cheerfulness and insouciance. Surprisingly, the girl manages to understand all the feelings, thoughts, desires, fears of the protagonist - and show tender love, friendship, devotion, tolerance. However, giving Nelson the opportunity to build a new life, Sarah fights daily for her own. Despite the drama and complexity of the situation, the finale, and the circumstances in which the heroine actually lives, the film is perceived easily. We recommend this beautiful, kind, and heartfelt story. He teaches us to appreciate what we have and enjoy life no matter what.

The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side

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The film is based on real events and tells the story of a homeless teenager, Michael Oher. His mother is a drug addict, and he never knew his father. Several times, the guy was sent to foster families, but each time he runs away and returns to his mother. At the same time, poor education and defenselessness practically rob Mike of all prospects for a normal life. However, everything changes when the married couple Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy meet on the way of Michael. Noticing Mike's wanderings, Lee Ann invites him to spend the night, and the next day to spend Thanksgiving with her family. Gradually he becomes a member of the Tuohy family. Together they will have to go through many difficulties, but love and faith can change fate, and disinterested help can make the miracle. Devotion to his new family helps Michael fulfill his potential in education and sports and finally find his true self.

Eat Pray Love (2010)

Eat Pray Love

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This is a screen version of Elizabeth Gilbert's autobiographical work. At first glance, Julia is successful in her career, personal and social life. However, despite material well-being and comfortable life, the heroine feels spiritual emptiness and a lack of self-realization. Wanting to know herself and find her place in the world, Julia decides to divorce. Having broken with her old life, the woman decides to travel. In Italy she finds friends and learns to enjoy life, in India she learns spirituality, and in Indonesia, she decides to open her heart to new love. This is the path of a person who has lost harmony but has found the strength to fight for happiness. A must-see for all aesthetes and travel lovers!

Free Birds (2013)

Free Birds

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Reggie is a smart turkey. On the eve of Thanksgiving, he realized that the main dish on the holiday table is turkey. Now his goal is to save other turkeys and the entire turkey family. Reggie tries to explain to those around them that they need to run, but only gets ridiculed in return. Nobody wants to believe that they are grown as a holiday treat. Without abandoning attempts to save himself, he suddenly gets a chance to radically change the traditions of Thanksgiving. Reggie travels back in time to remove turkey from the holiday menu. It is wondering, will he be able to change the course of history?

Dear friends, the Polish TV Company wishes you a warm, unforgettable, and soulful Thanksgiving Day. We hope that the proposed selection of films will bring you pleasure and joy in watching.