Thanksgiving play rehearsal is happening at the outdoor stage. It is fall and a beautiful day out. The kids are practicing their play. Barbie and Belle are the directors. Mattel’s vintage Tommy is the scarecrow in the corn field. Kelly from Barbie’s Kelly Club is the turkey gobbling around as a turkey.
Anne and Gaston are getting dressed for the rehearsal and realize they had accidentally tried on each other’s costumes. Barbie’s Fashionista friend comes to the rescue. Pocahontas shares some new perspectives for Thanksgiving history. Shang from Mulan, Cindy (Cinderella), Bella (Belle from Beauty and the Beast) are all empowered by the new knowledge. Thanksgiving gets the new name Fall Day, and we learn about the new holiday, what it means, what we can do, and what seasons mean to the Native Americans today.
MORE ABOUT THIS EPISODE
“Be the change you want to see” sounds so cliché, but Miss Frit’s doll play kids YouTube channel shows the youngest of American kids ages 4-7 how to be the change through puppeteering with their favorite dolls: Barbies and Disney’s Frozen Anna and Elsa, by changing the name of the holiday from Thanksgiving to “Fall Day.”
While millions of American families gather together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving, the sister creator trio behind Miss Frit – ages 15, 13, and 5 – wanted to be the change. After doing extensive research, they came to some conclusions about the holiday. Despite America’s good intentions of constantly trying to deliver the main messages of the holiday to kids – gratitude, food, and family – Thanksgiving is not that in America AT ALL. In fact, Thanksgiving is rarely even about being thankful for the Fall harvest. Most American people go to grocery stores and are completely disconnected with their food in relation to the land, sun, and rain. In America, the holiday has evolved to be vacation time, travel, cooking, eating, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. However, for some, Thanksgiving is looked at as a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native people in our country. So Miss Frit has taken the word Thanksgiving as equivalent to any other extremely offensive words in this country. And we do not speak those bad words out of respect for our fellow humans that have asked us politely not to use them. So how do we tell the youngest ones about this holiday?
WATCH our Thanksgiving (Fall Day!) episode now! Be part of the change.
WATCH THANKSGIVING TURN TO FALL DAY: https://youtu.be/eObeqkE-YOE
Check out this great book for kids as well:
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell