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The Story Behind #GivingTuesday

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By- Angela Padrón

With recent advancements in technology, it is possible to reach anyone, anywhere around the world, in seconds. This makes it easier to reach out to people who may be suffering or less fortunate. After all the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten and people have taken advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, it’s time to take a step back and ask what we can do for others. In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, the National Day of Giving was created in order to address the needs of people in all parts of our country and the globe. The National Day of Giving, or #GivingTuesday, takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

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Fun Facts about Christmas in Latin America

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By Ángela Padrón

Most Hispanics will tell you that Christmas is one of their favorite times of the year. Weeks before the actual holiday, people spend time putting up lights and decorating inside and outside their homes, including nativity scenes of Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, and the animals looking over baby Jesus. Many children reenact the birth of Jesus at schools and churches as well.

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Thanksgiving Day

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By- Angela Padrón

In the early 1600s, the Pilgrims sailed to New England to begin colonies in the New World. However, the extremely cold winters, combined with malnutrition, illness, and the lack of knowledge of the land and how to cultivate it, caused almost half of the settlers to die. Those that remained befriended the Native Americans, including Squanto from the Pawtuxet tribe. Squanto taught the settlers how to plant corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish, and distinguish between poisonous plants and safe ones. The Pilgrims also befriended the Wampanoag Native Americans, with whom they shared a feast organized in 1621 by Governor William Bradford to celebrate the Pilgrims’ planting of a successful corn harvest. The celebration lasted for three days.

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