What does the rest of the world do for Thanksgiving?

Being a blogger I can’t escape the news that Thanksgiving is around the corner.

The Thanksgiving buzz is building up. Turkeys are talked of, how to roast potatoes to perfection discussed, the guest lists debated, the sauces and veggies pondered, decorations planned, menus created, top tips shared, jokes abound with a background murmur of panic/trepidation/resignation / excitement (delete as appropriate)

It’s still a bit of a mystery to me, what all the fuss is about. But I do get the sense of build up to an event, a sense that it is special. So much effort poured into one day. Different meanings given to it. Differing opinions on what to do. There will be jokes about the Turkey population, debates about how green can Thanksgiving be made. About companionship and aloneness, or the cost of it all. And no doubt jokes about Auntie Joan’s farts at the dinner table or the time when Max the dog ate the entrees – or was it the other way round? never can remember!

And when it is all over, blogland will let out a proverbial notch of its belt and sigh – there will be contended sighs, sighs of why do I put myself through this, sighs of what do I do with the leftovers. Then, slowly but surely it will fade away, the pumpkins disposed of, the decorations boxed up. And then we get back to the everyday living.

So as I peer in on the festivities, flip through the menus, consider the sweet potato mash, get a sugar high just from looking at the Pumpkin Pies don’t mind me, I’m just confused and confounded – the words and photos, let alone the food and frivolity will fill my screen and float on by with the next click of the mouse. Mildly bemused by the rush and the heat of it all.

As a nearly two year old blogger, I’ve come to understand that it’s a purely American affair. It’s not that I hadn’t heard of Thanksgiving, I’m not that insular! But from a blogging perspective I get to see it up close and a lot more personal.  As a blogger I’m sitting in on the food fest via my laptop. Seeing the highs and lows, giggling at the jokes, oohing and ahhing at the countless delectable delights that pass through my screen. As the lives are shared, the personal perspective given and the experiences recounted I see from its scale and delivery it’s truly all American.

There is a myriad of different kinds of Thanksgiving’s to read about, from small family celebrations, bustling busy city get togethers, charity runs, parties on the beach, Vegan versions of traditional meals, scenes of autumnal leaves. Thanksgiving is like a snapshot of America on holiday. All mixed and jumbled up. Cultures and worlds collide and fuse. Images and representations of what it is and what it means.

It’s a bit like being back at school and hearing about a fabulous party that all your friends are going to, for weeks they have been talking about nothing else, (well apart from American elections and Hurricane damage, and even more recently about a certain 4 star General – what a story!!!) they are discussing who’s going to be there, what’s likely to happen, the food, the drinks, the party games and you know what? And you haven’t been invited!

But that’s OK – it’s not my party. It isn’t part of my history or culture. But for a while here in blogland, I can’t help but get caught up on the preparations, the hot topics and yes the sense of an impending party.

So while America celebrates, the Rest Of The World, me included, will potter along as if nothing is really happening. No doubt the odd item on the news may refer to it, and if I switch my laptop on I’ll see that on my world map of statistics (thank you WordPress!) America is on holiday. Do you ever look at the stats? Trust me I don’t spend hours drooling over them, but I do remember last year and seeing the number of visitors to my blog drop dramatically. North America was on a long lunch !

Sitting this side of the pond, what will I be up to? Well I might catch up on some work, I’ll probably manage a spot of gardening, if the weather is kind going for a walk will be likely, yes there will be cooking – we need to nourish ourselves somehow (but it won’t include Turkey or Pumpkin Pie, unless it is a savoury one!), at some point I’ll catch up with friends, popping into my local pub would be good wouldn’t it? Let’s call it living.

That kind of living is my way of celebrating. Celebrating Life !

And yes I do realise there are several different kinds of Thanksgiving Days across the globe, but it’s the All American one that grabs the attention. So to answer my own question – What does the rest of the world do for Thanksgiving? Well I get on with life as normal. What about you?

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, have fun my friends 🙂

The photos for this post are from my everyday life.

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89 comments

  • Claire, you’ve inspired me to write about our Thanksgiving, which is a bit unusual, both in food prepared (no turkey) and people invited (friends who have no family in town). Thanks for the inspiration!

  • We have an American expat friend in France who goes all-out for a Homestyle Thanksgiving every year…his French friends laugh, but they never turn down an invitation!
    At its heart, the American celebration is about being grateful for what you have; a non-religious, non-sectarian Feast Day. Every group or family has its unique twist.
    This will be our first Thanksgiving at home in three years, and it should be a fun one!
    Gotta run now – a Small Someone and I are putting glitter on some leaves…
    What? Every table needs a centerpiece! 🙂

    • I’ve come across a few expats who have done thanksgivings, and you are right, the invitees just bumble along with it !
      I think the comments that have come through from my post have brought the non-religious and non-sectarian element through loud and clear – when I look at holidays here, (apart from a couple of bank holidays) they are invariably based on religious dates – the idea of a non-religious day appeals to me
      Now where is that glitter…….. 😉

  • love the picture of the chimneys – somehow it fits this post. the idea that while some are busy doing this and that, others are in the shadows and that the angle and expression of shadows is connected to the amount and direction of light! Happy popping into the pub day!

  • I sometimes think we’ve let the original meaning of Thanksgiving go by the wayside for a day of watching football and over-eating! It seems like it’s all about the meal these days. I’m happy, though, to see several people posting things and reasons they are thankful. That should be what it’s all about. Thanks, Claire, for another perspective!

    • I think that was probably where I was coming from Cindy, that with my blog reading, it seems to take over and be about the food. And then I read the stories about Black Fridayand I shudder !!

  • This is such a fun post! As I sit here drinking my morning coffee and reading the big thick full-of-ads weekend papers, I can’t help but notice that Thanksgiving is changing. Years ago everything was closed that day, and everyone was sequestered with family and turkey. Black Friday (the day AFTER Thanksgiving) was something to plan for on Thanksgiving evening, after the food was put away. Then the stores started to open at midnight for their ‘deals’ and then earlier and earlier, and now this year many stores are advertising super sales on Thanksgiving day. All things change, and to me it seems like Thanksgiving is getting crushed in the rush to Christmas.

    • thanks for your thoughts on this, I remember when Good Friday when all the shops were closed, it seems now that more and more are open, and from what I understand is now one of the biggest weekends for the DIY, retail and garden shops!! Another chance to sell more stuff to us !!
      I don’t think there is anything quite like Black Friday here, I suppose the nearest would be Boxing Day or News Years day sales. I’m happy to stay away from them all 🙂 I suppose you are right though, all things change……

  • Hello Claire. Here in the United States Thanksgiving Day is the beginning of “the holiday season,” a month or so of frivolity starting with Thanksgiving, taking in Christmas and Chanukah and ending on New Year’s Day. In the old days, no mention of Christmas could be made until the day after Thanksgiving, which is when carols could come out and planning could start. Now it seems like Christmas decorations come out the day after Halloween and the day after Thanksgiving, rather than offering merely the first sales of the holiday season, has become a giant shopping and anti-shopping event referred to as Black Friday because it puts retail stores in the black, assuring their profits for the year.

    We will have a quiet and small Thanksgiving dinner here. One of our traditional guests is going to see his sister in Southern California so this year it will be my mother, my brother Bryan, myself and Johnny consuming a big meal. Mom will get up at five or six to start things off and we will eat around 2 PM. Bryan will watch football. Mom and I will cook and serve. Johnny will come as a guest, arriving just before dinner.

    • The power of retail never ceases to amaze me Sharyn, the fact that it puts shops into the black is morbidly fascinating.
      And yes I’m seeing Christmas decorations up in some places already, I’m a real grump and hate to see them up so early.
      It sounds like your Thanksgiving will be a lovely one spent at home with no major fuss – mind you getting up ealy to start cooking doesn’t appeal to me, so well done to your Mum !

  • I in past years, I enjoyed Thanksgiving because of its simplicity–away from the bustle of other holidays. No costumes or candy. No cards to send or parties to give. No shopping. Just a quiet day of traditions and thanks. Sigh. Now, “Christmas” and Halloween collide at Thanksgiving and the frantic pace has backed over the day. Like you, my day will be quiet and reflective to set my own pace and strengthen my resolve to live a life of gratitude.

    • It sounds like a perfectly lovely day Alice. It’s been fascinating to read everyone’s responses here, I’ve learnt so much more. The joy of blogging 🙂

  • Hi Claire! Thanksgiving in our home is all about spending quality time with family and friends. We have lively conversations, watch football, and catch up on each others lives. Even though Thanksgiving is an American holiday, it includes a variety of cultural flavors. Everyone pitches in and brings a dish or two to share. The menu usually includes turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade breads and rolls, gravy, stuffing, baked sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, carrots, beans, pumpkin pie, cakes and the list goes on. However, we are a multicultural family and you never know what dishes you may see come to the table. I’ve seen Italian, Indonesian, German and even Korean dishes. Everyone is welcome, just pull up a chair, grab a plate and enjoy!

    • What a lovely spirit – pull up a chair ! I like how it is international in flavour too – mind you me and my partner have been known to make proper Indian Byriani on Christmad Day for our meal 🙂 Well it’s celebratory food ! Hope you have a wonderful day Tessa !

  • Silly me! I thought you were an American- probably because you arrived at my blog courtesy of lovely Smidge. But do they do it all over again at Christmas- that’s what I want to know?

  • I love reading your posts Claire. I’m sure Thanksgiving began long ago as just that. Thanks for food, friends, family. But unfortunately it’s become so commercialized. Much like Christmas. Which is sad really. We do celebrate a family Thanksgiving, but not with a huge feast. Just a simple dinner, healthy, seasonal and of course yummy. Then my two girls, my husband and I visit those who are elderly or ill and bring them dinner. A day of love to others, sharing and of course Thanksgiving.
    I must say however, that if I lived in your part of the world I’d think a visit to the pub would be a blast! Cheers!

    • Hi Karista, and thank you so much for your kind words! I realise it’s a bit of an off the wall post from a gardening blogger. But then blogging has a lot to answer for 🙂
      It sounds like you will be spending a lovely day with family and then to be able to visit others makes it all a bonus.
      you’d be welcome to join us for a pub visit ! In fact maybe I should take you all to the pub with a blog post….. now wouldn’t that be a fun post to “research” 🙂 And to keep in with the gardening theme I could discuss the pub garden or the hanging baskets … ok I better stop here !

  • Love that last image, Claire. What is that plant and is the starfish looking thingy part of the plant or a creature?

    Ah yes, Thanksgiving here in America does take on a life of its own these days, much like all of our now highly commercialized holidays. In essence, it is supposed to be about giving thanks for our blessings and the bounty of our land, and the celebration of making a peaceful life here with family and friends new and old, though I’m not really sure how peaceful it’s origins really were, but that’s another story. It has escalated into quite the glut of advertising and food overload, extravagant parades and football, but we still all embrace it as a time to give thanks for family and friends. We’ll not be having the traditional American Thanksgiving fare of turkey and dressing this year. Our very small, but close family will be having a spiced ham on a bed of apple and onion, Karista’s sweet potato spoon bread and creamed spinach…plus homemade rolls and dessert. And we will give thanks for having each other…and that is how the rest of world can share in the essence of our holiday if they want to…give your friends, your loved ones, your pets a hug and give thanks for the happy times and the beauty in our lives. You have so much beauty in your lovely garden and lovely town by the sea. 🙂

    • I think having a day where you say your thanks is a wonderful idea, and thank you so much for filling me in. The comments on this post have been fantastic reading – lots of different stories shared, but all with the common theme of thanks. And I’ve just been to look at karista’s spoon bread – totally new to me, but it sounds delicious. I hope you have a lovely day with your family Betsy. and thank you for sharing your thoughts too . C

  • Oh I drool over the Stats – its what drives me on (but I do that kind of think at work so its not surprising) I want to beat my best views on one day – 328 – but i havent got near it. I’ve noticed there seems to be peaks and troughs – very little blogging at christman, obviously, but there seems to be a peak in Spring for some reason (and a dip in Summer, again which isnt that surprising)

  • Thanks! And you are right on about everything “colliding”. But Thanksgiving is a big American mess…chaotic, but somehow (mostly) moving forward…and thankful for what we have.

    We wouldn’t have it any other way… 😉

  • Ah, we Americans are such a diverse, fractured and yet cohesive mess! Being a country and culture of mostly immigrants it is important to have a few traditions and holidays that are uniquely our own. We know our failings and humanness. A little holiday tradition that binds us together can only be a good thing! And giving thanks for our bounty can only be a good thing! Ok, the American is signing off……. But first Happy Thanksgiving!

    • You express yourself superby Deb – your words have such a life to them !
      I’ve certainly learnt lots more since writing this post – so pleased I ddi now!
      hope you have a wonderful day

  • What a lovely article Claire – really enjoyed reading it! I shall be carrying on as usual – no turkey or pie for us. But I am looking forward to Advent, a special time in Germany, marking the opening of the Christmas markets. There seems to be less rushing about, and more pleasure and time for friends and family at this time of year – very different to the UK as I remember it. But in the UK I remember celebrating harvest festival in October – there was a huge “harvest supper” in the village hall and local clubs provided entertainment – great fun!. We also collected food and delivered it to old and needy people in the village. I wonder if that still happens?…
    Have a wonderful weekend Claire!

    • Thank you Cathy, I really enjoyed reading and thinking about the responses !
      Ah of course Advent is an important date in Germany, a special time I hear. And of course Christmas on the continent is all about Christmas Eve – I have to admit I prefer it to the Uk version
      Now you’ve mentioned it I’m not sure how big harvest festival is these days – I grew up going to church and of course at school it was a part of the autumn term with the celebrations and hymns, and of course tinned food 😉 I have to admit that I have no idea how it is “done” now, I wonder….

  • Well, everyone has done such a fine job of explaining Thanksgiving that I’ll just say that this year, my holiday will be relatively quiet and spent with friends. The real celebration will be on the following weekend. Don’t worry. I’ll fill you in on the details. Enjoy your weekend, Claire.

  • Haha I loved your outlook on thanksgiving – here in Australia we just casually watch the rest of the world eat turkey… Not much goes on 😉

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • Hi Claire, Yes, we Americans Really CELEBRATE Thanksgiving! Actually, it is one of the two holidays where it is difficult to volunteer at a homeless shelter, or other charity to help out — there are so many other people doing the same. The other holiday is Christmas. So that’s good. And we don’t care who you are and where you are from, it’s Thanksgiving, dammit, so come on over for a bite. Then there is finding ourselves somewhere else in the world on Thanksgiving, so we find a bird or reasonable facsimile, cook it, and invite everyone else to celebrate with us, whether it is in the Black Forest, Middle East, or Indonesia. We really don’t care where we find ourselves to be or who is next door to us, we’re all celebrating and everyone is invited. Nonsectarian, multicultural, not even pountry-an, if there isn’t any. It’s about family if we have one, friends, comfort food (what we remember as children I guess), travel if we have to, and getting back by Monday morning to do battle again with capitalists, to play the game. Black Friday is a social badge of honor for some of us, to garner the almost-give-away, or an opportunity to visit touristy places when we just drove 500 miles on Wednesday to be with those we love on Thursday, and now have Friday and Saturday to kill before driving 500 miles back on Sunday. Yes, that’s what DH and I will be doing Wednesday and Sunday with our God-Daughter — driving 700 miles to and from Oak Ridge TN from and to MD to celebrate with her parents and grandfather that favorite holiday of ours. We’ve had three other invitations to celebrate with others who didn’t know whether we would even be in town, but wanted us to join them if we were. The usual pace of the holiday season now begins, but it is a joy, and we are all truly blessed in the crazy nation, and like someone else said, we wouldn’t have it any other way! Happy Thanksgiving everyone, whether you celebrate it openly or only in your hearts. God Bless you everyone!

    • I certainly get the feeling of excitement and happiness from your comment ! and I had to laugh at “Nonsectarian, multicultural, not even pountry-an,” – well I didn’t laugh about the non-sectarian or multi cultural 😉 Hope you have a super day, and safe travels my friend !

    • Hi Celia, I’ve not heard about Cyber Sales, in the sense that you are talking about. To be honest I just don’t get the whole shopping / spending money thing ! But I have learnt a lot from the responses to this post 🙂

  • You’re right about Thanksgiving being unique to America, and I’m glad it’s a day we have thought it is all but getting overlooked because of the Christmas hype. Quite honestly, T-giving is my favorite holiday as it celebrates gratitude and is a time for family to enjoy being together. For me, there is no stress, just a gratefulness for this one day that is so different from the other holidays. True, I will eat too much, but that’s OK.

    • That’s definitely OK! I’ve enjoyed reading the responses to my post so much, yours included, I’ve learnt. I’ve been entertained, I’ve been given the personal. I’m so pleased I wrote this now ! Hope you have a super day with your family. C

  • Claire, Thanksgiving is somewhat sacred for most Americans…I personally (gasp!) am not that into it. Our immediate family is rather small and Christmas Eve is when we all gather and have our winter family family party. We all live in the same city and are very close and have fun all year together. We are close and talk daily. So my daughters & their families to out of town to visit their father for Thanksgiving. Wouter is off to visit his Mother in Amsterdam. I plan on a day of movies with my best friend, go for a walk in the woods, and spend the night at home with my dog and a glass of wine and a book. I have a week off from photo shoots so I am just going to “be”.
    There are so many ways to celebrate winter, Thanksgiving turkey is just one of them.

    • Hi Teresa, I appreciate your words of “Going to be” and your take on Thanksgiving. It all sounds a bit like Chritmas here, and there are so many way to enjoy the time, and they don’t all have to involve turkey, travel and well anything else really. I’ve spent a few Christmases at home on my own (box of chocs, pot of tea and a good book/film) and I loved them! I’ve also travelled a fair bit in places like India, where I’ve forgotten what day it is until someone reminds me.
      Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving with me

  • We Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving as well. The 2nd Monday in October which is much closer to when crops are actually harvested, animals slaughtered for preservation etc. Churches are often decorated with the fruits of the harvest/cornucopia and appropriate hymns are sung, as I recall from my days of actually ATTENDING church. It’s not quite as obsessively traditional as in the US but we have similar menus. 🙂

  • These posts have shown a wonderful diversity of how people living in the US think about Thanksgiving to this N European born ‘child’ living so many years in Australia. As far as I am concerned every country needs days when family and friends share good food and wine, traditional or otherwise. I have been many times to the US, but never spent the holiday there. However I DO believe giving thanks for being together, for having enough to eat and enjoying a day or three, must surely be the most important one of the year, as all races, religions and backgrounds enjoy the same day: no division – all hopefully feeling the same. In many parts of Europe, including my birth country of Estonia, a ‘harvest festival’ is held at an earlier and variable time with exactly the same aim: simply to be grateful to be alive and able to be together. OK, that said, sweet potatoes with marshmallows or deepfried turkey makes no sense whatsoever to the writer: but then it dioes not have to! Enjoy 🙂 !

    • I’m like you, an outsider looking in – but as you say taking time to look back at what you have and being thankful is good.
      The one thing I’m not great at as being told when to celebrate, I get a bit antsy, like New Year don’t expect me to party and celebrate, I can do that when I chose and in the way I chose. I sound like a realy grumpy so and so don’t I? 🙂
      I think the non-religious element s superb, so many holidays are based on particular religious events, this kind of celebration (thankgiving) is seems much more inclusive
      And yes I don’t get the marshmellow thing AT ALL 🙂

  • Hi there! I just love your take on Thanksgiving from an across the ponder’s point of view! Your writing actually made it MORE interesting for me! We keep it pretty simple around here but always put energy into special food and drink spending time with family or sometimes friends. Like Alice, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite Holidays because of its simplicity. I refuse to let other Holidays such as HW and XMAS complicate it. For me, a simple Thanks will always do!

    • A simple thanks goes a long way doesn’t it !
      Thank you for popping in and sharing your thoughts, I’ve enjoye dthis post so much – not the writing of it but the response !

  • It is wonderful being part of a big international family, being able to glimpse into each others part of the world we wouldn’t ordinarily see. We too don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa, however it seems for some strange reason some people have starting partaking in Halloween, which I find a bit odd.
    Well this was a strange and long way to say, nothing out of the ordinary here other than another “normal” day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • I know what you mean about Halloween Mandy, it was never a big thing as a kid – but now the shops are full of stuff, the bars and clubs all do a theme that night. Me? I just like pottering and pootling along in my own way! Hope you have a greta week Mandy 🙂 x

    • I understand what you are saying Tandy, but every now and then I take a look and then wonder at them ?! I do like the map thingy on wordpress though 🙂

  • Being the family noncomformist, the year I invited everyone for thanksgiving and served Roast Beef (without telling them beforehand) will be part of the family history for generations!!! Hahahahaha..one of the funniest things I ever did!
    This year we are going to a restaurant because…well just because! And speaking of restaurants, the year maggie was traveling, they found some restaurant in vietnam that served traditional American thanksgiving dinner and she said it was packed!!

    • That is too funny! People obviously have very definite expectations, and I love it that you blew those out of the water !
      Whenever I’ve travelled I’ve come acrosss classic Western type menus for special days – I think seeing Christmas trees on Thai beaches was a particular favourite memory of mine, mostly because it looked so wrong !!

  • For me it is about a day dedicated to family…it is one of the few times we all (parents and siblings in addition to my own family) sit down together and enjoy not only the meal, but each other.

  • What a great post Claire – so well written and thought provoking! I do rememeber having one Thanksgiving Meal that I decided I wanted to do after going through a rough time in life and I just wanted to say thank you and to give thanks to my family for all they had done – but to keep it separate from Christmas/Religion etc and it was a lovely occasion!

    • Hi Tanya, thank you so much ! You know the responses to this post have been fabulous – thought provoking, entertaining, informative, funny – all shared, all those stories and lives shared.
      And you included, what a lovely way to say thank you!

  • A question that I have been toiling about for a few weeks now–and thank you so much for the perspective! 🙂 have a wonderful week my friend! Stacey

  • Hi Claire, As an American it is simply part of my fabric. This is the first time ever we won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving on the actual day. Living in Ireland, we’ve had to move it to the Sunday to be able to celebrate with another American family. But I’m still really looking forward to it!

  • OK just for the record there is WAY too much sugar added to sweet potato mash and i heard that there are people who add cinnamon too.. just sayin, that is all.. OH and I am banned from bringing NZ food, it is the wrong stuff for the americans on this american day.. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about that .. and not many people drink wine at these things in the US either so I pretty much get to sit about with a bottle just for me and carry on, in the NZ way of any gathering, and just give thanks.. Have a lovely weekend darling girl! c

    • I am shocked and appalled at the whole scenario Celi, shocked. I mean only one bottle to yourself?
      But it does make me wonder what is drunk with the food, but I probably don’t want to know the answer do I ?
      Oh and I just came across a recipe for Toad in the hole with sugar on it – is there no end to what people will do with sugar? Right I’m off to be grumpy in the real world and not just online/…

  • It’s a bit strange.. we’re a British Colony, celebrating Thanksgiving.. on a different day from the U.S… and yet you don’t? Perhaps if we had traveled there to discover you;D it would be the reverse, lol. If you were near.. I’d have asked you to join us. But then the ships wouldn’t have had to cross a huge body of water to find us and we wouldn’t have Thanksgiving in the first place. But.. if you were near, I’d love to have you over..xx

    • Hi Smidge, we do have Harvest Festival, but it’s a much much smaller affair – no razamatzz, holiday etc. Just simple donation of food, passed onto the needy and a celebration at church or in school for the harvest.
      Rather dull? Probably, but it is really nice, the churches are decorated with the gifts, and the service is a joyous one – if you are into that kind of thing.
      Oh and I’d love to accept your offer – thank you Cx

  • When my daughter was studying in Edinburgh last year, we Skyped her from the big family party on Thanksgiving. She missed out on the food, but did get some of the camaraderie. When I was younger Thanksgiving was the big family holiday for seeing my dad’s family–with a 4 day weekend we could drive 10+ hours each way to see them, so it’s always been dear to my heart from that.

    • Isn’t that where technology is really fabulous Inger – keeping us all connected! I remember a few years ago, not reallly that long ago, using a public phone in India to phone my brother on Christmas Day, I was travelling with my partner and a friend, and we all made calls home. It was funny to imagine everyone at home spending their Christmas – cooking the food, catching up with family while we were backpacking and eating a Byriani on christnas day 🙂

  • Canada celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, which turned out to be the 8th. We had turkey too. We’re just a lot quieter about it 😉

  • Interesting perspective. Having been in Hamburg the last 3 Thanksgivings it was kind of fun being here in US of A for T2012. We had fat steaks on Thanksgiving in 2009 then we did have turkey with friends a couple years in a row on the Saturday after cause of course everybody was working on Thur. And to be honest, it’s really all the hype leading up to it that really puts me in the mood. I’m probably not the only one!

    • I know what you mean when you talk about hype – as in Christmas hype here in the UK. I usually thoroughlly enjoy myself when I’m away from home for celebration dates – I tend to go native 🙂

  • Canadians celebrate their Thanksgiving in early October. I like that better…since it’s not so close to Christmas like the American’s.

    It makes more sense because Canada is further north than most of the U.S. The brilliant fall colour in most parts of Canada is in October not in November. I do associate Thanksgiving with Nature’s magnificent denoument. My thanksgiving was quiet because my family and many friends are in another province…several thousand kms. away.

    But Christmas is coming soon.

    • Hi Jean, thanks for sharing your perspective. I think what you say about thanksgiving in the US being so close to Christmas is true. And i just loved your words “Nature’s magnificent denoument”

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