To those celebrating, ‘Happy Thanksgiving’! Hope you have a wonderful day!
Speaking of Thanksgiving, to us Brits, it is an unknown tradition. Our perceptions, or ‘stereotypes’ if you will, of the day are probably to most Americans hilarious!
We don’t get taught about it, it isn’t really spoken about and unless you know an American, you probably only have an imagined view of the day. So what do us Brits really think happens at Thanksgiving and believe it is all about?…
Pilgrims, Indians and Turkeys
Most of us have an idea that the ‘Thanksgiving story’ involves these three things, but to what extent is unclear. If you do know what it is about, then it’s probably based on the principals viewed at the show they perform at camp on ‘Adams Family Values’ – Pugsley dressed as a turkey singing ‘eat me’ gets me every time!
Everyone eats Turkey
Is this one true? Well from what I have learned in the blogsphere, yes and no. Most serve turkey but it may not be their preference. But what do you then eat at Christmas one month later? More turkey? Don’t you get tired of it? (I wouldn’t, I love turkey and creating meals with the leftovers is the best bit!)
You all begin your day with watching the parade on TV.
From what I can recall, is it the Macy’s parade? Us Brits can only look on in wonder at this spectacle, we have nothing like it. I can only imagine how festive it makes you feel and I can remember when I first saw a clip on TV, it was a Bart Simpson balloon the size of a house going down this street… so cool! Does everyone love it?
You watch football then go and play football outside like in Friends.
Yep most Brits will only have experienced Thanksgiving by the wonder that is Friends. In fact the Thanksgiving episode always ends up being at the top of everyone’s favourite episode list. Is it because the whole day is so alien to Brits? And then there is trying to understand the game? (well I count myself out of this one as I do actually love American Football!). But it just looks like so much fun! All I know is that every time I cook turkey I find myself saying ’42 to 21, like the turkey Ross is done!’
What on earth are yams and tater tots?
If yams are sweet potatoes then why are they called yams? And tater tots…???
You eat vegetables for desert and put desert into main dishes.
Pumpkin pie – now I use pumpkin in my sweet dishes but oh boy do I get funny looks over here! You will not believe how hard it was to get my Dad to try pumpkin pancakes! (But he LOVES them!)
And marshmallows on sweet potatoes… you will never see that over here. Never mind serving it with turkey and vegetables! People here are still trying to grasp the concept of bacon and maple syrup!
You end the celebration with a whole day of crazy discount shopping.
Black Friday is the one concept that has actually been embraced by the UK. I for one will be checking out a few online stores tomorrow for deals. But unfortunately, most don’t have the day off so a bit of sneaky online shopping may have to be done while at the office! We do however hear stories every year of stampedes in America to get into certain department stores when opening. Is this actually common?
You are blessed with a day surrounded by family and friends to be thankful for your life and the people in it.
And for that we will be eternally looking stateside in awe.
Be thankful today, tomorrow and always wherever you may be in the world.
Love to all – J x
Linking up with Amanda over @RunningwithSpoons for ‘Thinking Out Loud’
Do you celebrate thanksgiving? Americans, please confirm or deny the above!
If you don’t celebrate, what are your depictions of the day?
What are you thankful for?