United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) truck makes deliveries July 23, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

UPS observes some government holidays. Do they deliver on Thanksgiving Day? What about the day after, November 24? According to the official UPS calendar, the answer is yes and no. UPS does not deliver on Thanksgiving, but they do deliver November 24. After that, it's business as usual until Christmas Day, on Monday, December 25. They will again be closed on Monday, January 2 to observe New Year's Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.

UPS gets extremely busy around the holiday season. And while they are not closed much leading up to Christmas, they do have a different year-end schedule. View it here.

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 27: Parade participants guide a turkey float at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

One of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions in the United States is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Over the years, the parade has become as synonymous with Thanksgiving as football and pumpkin pie. Each year, the parade winds its way through the streets of New York City with giant balloons, marching bands, and celebrities riding on floats.

Here’s what you need to know about the Macy’s Parade 2017:

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A Bible open next to a Thanksgiving harvest. (H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images)

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we celebrate the gifts of friendship and family with a Thanksgiving meal. Take time to honor where it comes from with the Bible.

The first Thanksgiving between Wampanoag Native Americans and Puritan colonists occurred in 1621 and is sparsely recorded, but forms the basis for the modern celebration. The 3-day celebration occurred in Plymouth, present-day Massachusetts, and was prompted by a good harvest. However, it is unknown if turkey was on the menu. History.com writes:

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U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Anthony Ow places letters in a mailbox as he walks his delivery route July 30, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Does the post office deliver mail the day after Thanksgiving? November 23 has no mail delivery, but are federal employees off on Friday, too? According to the to the official Post Office website, mail will still be delivered on Friday, despite other federal government offices being closed. The next holiday without mail delivery after Thanksgiving will be Christmas Day, Monday, December 25. New Year’s Day 2018 will also be observed.

The History of Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving between Wampanoag Native Americans and Puritan colonists occurred in 1621 and is sparsely recorded, but forms the basis for the modern celebration. The 3-day celebration occurred in Plymouth, present-day Massachusetts, and was prompted by a good harvest. However, it is unknown if turkey was on the menu. History.com writes:

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The First Thanksgiving in 1621, after a painting by Jean Leon Gerome; screen print, 1932. (GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgivings have been going on a long time, and many more occurred in America before 1621. The first Thanksgiving between Wampanoag Native Americans and Puritan colonists occurred in 1621 and is sparsely recorded, but forms the basis for the modern celebration. The 3-day celebration occurred in Plymouth, present-day Massachusetts, and was prompted by a good harvest. However, even before this date, other similar celebrations occurred both in what would become the United States, and the ancient world, too.

Before 1621, other European settlers in the Americas celebrated similar harvest settlers, including the French and Spanish. For the French, the celebration took place in Florida between Huguenots and local Timucuans, who lived in Northeast and North Central Florida and southeast Georgia before their extinction by English colonists and native allies in the 19th century. The New York Times writes about this tropical Thanksgiving:

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FedEx courier Nate Channing loads his truck with packages December 8, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

FedEx observes some government holidays. Do they deliver on Thanksgiving Day? What about the day after, November 24?

According to their official holiday calendar, FedEx won't have an altered, holiday schedule until the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 22.

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Central American immigrants and their families pray before Thanksgiving dinner on November 24, 2016 in Stamford, Connecticut. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Most modern holidays are derived from ancient holidays celebrated by pagans before the advent of Christianity. Does Thanksgiving have pagan roots, too?

Thanksgiving is not directly correlated with pagan holidays like the recently passed Halloween, or even the upcoming Christmas. Samhain (pronounced SAH-win) is an ancient Gaelic festival that inspired the modern Halloween. Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It begins at sunset on October and goes until sunset on November 1. Because of this and its related feasts, it is sometimes described as the Celtic New Year. The calendar of the Celtic League begins and ends on Samhain. Christmas, too, is a combination of many ancient festivals, all focused on the winter solstice and the "rebirth of the sun."

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