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to be jealous that Americans get Thanksgiving AND Christmas?

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FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:26:35

Thanksgiving sounds really good. Like Christmas, but no presents to worry about (AFAIK?), just FOOD!

Are there any Americans around who can tell me what Thanksgiving is like? Do you prefer it to Christmas?

GwendolineMaryLacey Wed 21-Nov-12 16:39:35

Yes but they also have Twinkies hmm grin

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:39:43

Exactly Maria!

hootiemcboob Wed 21-Nov-12 16:39:59

We have Fourth of July!!

Tee2072 Wed 21-Nov-12 16:40:04

Don't forget about Mexico on the other doorstep.


VolumeOfACone Wed 21-Nov-12 16:40:55

I think bonfire night is more appealing than thanksgiving. A big giant exciting fire and fireworks, or a roast turkey? You can have your family over and cook a turkey any time you like!

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:41:16

Fuckity I'm jealous of you too then grin

AndiMac Wed 21-Nov-12 16:42:38

Canada is better. They get Thanksgiving at the start of October so you have a chance to overcome your turkey overdose in time for Christmas. They also do Halloween, Christmas and Boxing Day too!

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:42:59

I do love Bonfire Night. I'm not saying I want to sacrifice any of our UK holidays to get Thanksgiving. Except Boxing Day can feck off if it likes. As can January.

Tee2072 Wed 21-Nov-12 16:43:13

We had our Thanksgiving dinner weeks ago, BTW, when my mom was here from the States. It was delish.

I think tomorrow's menu plan says tacos...

TheCrackFox Wed 21-Nov-12 16:44:19

I've always thought that Thanksgiving is in the wrong month. The end of January is pretty grim so they should have organised it for then.

MariaMandarin Wed 21-Nov-12 16:44:32

Would be a right pain to have get to my parents for 2 special days within the course of a month. They start harping on about Xmas at the beginning of October so Thanksgiving would probably begin in the middle of bloody summer.

FairPhyllis Wed 21-Nov-12 16:44:48

They don't have turkey at Christmas - most people have ham or beef which is WRONG.

I do not particularly enjoy Thanksgiving - it's not my festival after all - and I don't think the food is that great - people are not used to doing roasts so they put weird combinations of food together. Oh yes, and it is all served dry, without gravy.

Every year without fail someone asks me how we celebrate Thanksgiving in England. hmm

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:45:46

Mmm, tacos... Happy Thanksgiving Tee!

Jusfloatingby Wed 21-Nov-12 16:46:19

My friend moved to America for a couple of years. She said on Christmas Eve she drove to the local Shopping Centre and there was no queues of cars to get in, no manic rushing around, no crowds panic buying............. and strangely, even though that drives her mad over here, she really really missed it over there. It just didn't feel 'Christmassy'.

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:46:27


hootiemcboob Wed 21-Nov-12 16:47:14

We do too have gravy!!!

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:47:49

Phew hootie!

Tee2072 Wed 21-Nov-12 16:48:19

You've been going to the wrong Thanksgiving dinners, FP. I made two kinds of gravy this year.

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:48:34

I was about to request the thread be pulled. Would not be jealous of a gravyless Thanksgiving.

HellothisisJoanie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:49:01

I'm in England but off to an Americans dinner on sat. What to expect?

MariaMandarin Wed 21-Nov-12 16:49:46

I was in America for Thanksgiving once. Hardly any restaurants were open and in the one that was we couldn't face the Thanksgiving meal because it looked disgusting. Don't candied yams play a part? And loads of green beans and mash.

crypes Wed 21-Nov-12 16:50:17

And also they dont eat roast potatos, just mash with everything, and no gravy, its just so undignified.

Tee2072 Wed 21-Nov-12 16:50:32

Turkey, mash, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, gravy, rolls, pie...stuff like that!

HellothisisJoanie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:50:46

I was in USA for Xmas once. Was ace. We went out.

louisdog Wed 21-Nov-12 16:51:51

YABU - one stress-filled family day, stuffing your face with food you don't even like, is enough!

Actually I am going to my first TG dinner tomorrow at American friends' house, will let you know! I hope they deep-fry a turkey in a dustbin outside, sounds fun.

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