We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK but our American cousins will be tucking into a number of tasty treats today to celebrate this special holiday that falls on the 4th Thursday of November each year. There are a number of traditions that I love, even as an Englishmen. You get a number of delicious dishes to enjoy with a couple of glasses of wine. Roast turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yams, pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole. You also get the Thanksgiving day parade as well as my personal favourite aspect, american football throughout the day.
Although it has only been an annual holiday tradition since 1863, the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated in 1621 following the Pilgrims first harvest in the New World. The feast lasted 3 days and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.
American Football also plays a big part in the Thanksgiving tradition, with the Detroit Lions hosting a game on Thanksgiving every year since 1934. In 1966 the Dallas Cowboys started to host a game on Thanksgiving as well. This year there will be three games, with the Chicago Bears playing the Lions, the San Francisco 49’ers playing the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles playing the Cowboys.
It’s a day to give thanks for anything and everything, so even if you’re not American there’s no reason you can’t be thankful on this special day. Have a great Thanksgiving and if you decide to get in the spirit by cooking a traditional dinner, make sure you send us the pictures on our Facebook or Twitter page.