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Thanksgiving on Nantucket

"If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share."
- W. Clement Stone

Thanksgiving on Nantucket

Thanksgiving is here once again! It’s that wonderful time when families come together, sharing warm moments around the dinner table and of course, reflecting on everything that they are grateful to have in their lives. It’s been another good year for us at Nantucket Brand and we are ever grateful to our loving friends and family, as well as to our many loyal customers. Having been inspired by the above quote from prominent American businessman, philanthropist and author W. Clement Stone, we felt it was our duty to share with you the many things that make Thanksgiving so wonderful here in Nantucket. We previously mentioned some of these in our post about Nantucket in November but wanted to give a few more details about what to expect this Thanksgiving on Nantucket.

Vice President Biden on Nantucket

Perhaps one of the most prominently featured traditions on Nantucket is the arrival of Joe Biden, current Vice President of the United States. For the past 36 years, no matter where his extensive political career may have taken him, Mr. Biden has returned to the island to celebrate the holiday with his family and give thanks. The Vice President’s arrival is well known to locals and he can be seen walking around the island with his family, usually wearing his trademark USS Delaware hat, chatting with the public, taking pictures, and generally displaying the down-to-earth charm that has made him so popular with voters.

Turkey Plunge

Another great tradition of Thanksgiving on Nantucket, and one that Vice President Biden regularly participates in, is the annual Cold Turkey Plunge. Every year, hundreds of participants and spectators gather to brave the frigid waters at Children’s Beach on Thanksgiving morning, taking pledges and raising money to support the Weezie Library for Children. The event certainly draws quite the crowd, and participants are encouraged to wear costumes, adding a bit of humor to the event. There are also various prizes participants can compete for, including Most Money Raised and Best Costumes.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Despite how beloved and fun these other traditions may be to lead us into Thanksgiving, the most cherished holiday tradition on the island comes the day after Thanksgiving, with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Everyone gathers on Main Street to watch as over 100 Christmas trees are lit up simultaneously, filling the dark winter skies with light and color. This is followed by Nantucket High School’s Accidentals and Naturals leading the community in traditional Christmas carols. This year, spectators can follow along with the lyrics by downloading the Nantucket Arts mobile app, blending the best of modern life with the grand traditions of old.

From all of here at Nantucket Brand, we hope your holiday is full or warmth, love and cheer. We also encourage you to join us in our effort to make this a Season of Giving by donating food, money, clothing, or time. Whether you're spending your Thanksgiving on Nantucket or elsewhere, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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