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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?

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 21-Nov-12 16:52:02

I live in Canada and miss Bonfire night terribly. Thanksgiving is blah and just an excuse to stuff your face. I also have a theory that one of the reasons that obesity is an issue in North America is Thanksgiving. Bear with me. I 'give up' about the 21st December; eat pies for breakfast and cake with everything. I finally go 'aarrgghh' and start eating healthily again about the 3rd January. Time to put on about 5 pounds and feel a little crappy. If you 'give up' in November and don't start eating well again until January, that is a serious chunk of the year.

I will do a study one of these days.

charlmarascoxo Wed 21-Nov-12 16:52:13

I'd love to eat a thanksgiving dinner.

There seems to be so many holidays over there - Labor Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving.

I'd move over there in a second smile

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:53:02

I do want to have Xmas in New York one day, in a posh hotel with an ice rink outside and a huge Xmas tree. Also need to have Xmas in Germany, have wanted to ever since doing German GCSE and reading about their very Xmassy Xmases with real candles on their real trees. (But they do open their presents on Xmas eve, the fools.)

MissCellania Wed 21-Nov-12 16:53:12

There won't be twinkies for long, the company has gone bust!

MitsoTsukahara Wed 21-Nov-12 16:53:47

Well done AndiMac, I was wondering when a fellow Canadian was going to jump in! Yes Canadian Thanksgiving is lovely, we don't go OTT like the Americans, plus our (well mine, at least) pumpkin pie is Chiffon and therefore better than any pumpkin pie anywhere else!

grovel Wed 21-Nov-12 16:53:57

Butterball turkeys.

Sizzle'n Lean Bacon.

Peter Pan peanut butter.


FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:54:16

(Sorry about not being arsed to write Christmas in full.)

LadyBeagle Wed 21-Nov-12 16:55:04

No roast potatoes shock
Now that's just wrong.
Though it's a nice thought, that you can have one day a year to be thankful for what you have, and celebrate only that.

lljkk Wed 21-Nov-12 16:55:10

"Yes America has far more public holidays than we do."


We get
MLK day, President's day, NOTHING for Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labour Day, Colombus Day (generally swapped for day after TGiving), TGiving (one day only), Vetereran's day (new one on me), Christmas, NYD. That'sTEN.

Brits typically get
2 days at easter, 2 days in May, 1 day in August, 2 days at Christmas, NYD.
That is EIGHT.

Not a big difference, and a lot of Americans will only get a day off if it falls on a weekday: ie, you only get Christmas off it your workplace is closed that day. Oh, and there is NO legal right to any annual paid leave in many, maybe most US jobs.

Tee2072 Wed 21-Nov-12 16:55:16

Oh please, do not judge us by our mass produced beer, I beg you.

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:55:20

Chiffon hmm Dustbin turkey hmm Butterball turkey hmm hmm

CombustionEngine Wed 21-Nov-12 16:55:52

Don't forget green jelly, actual jelly, with olives and lettuce set in it!

It was hideous.

However, American gravy is delish. My mil taught me how to make gravy, I grew up with Bisto

valiumredhead Wed 21-Nov-12 16:56:11

Don't be jealous - they have ONE day off for Thanksgiving and back to work Boxing Day!

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:56:16

Exactly LadyBeagle - just food, friends and family all together. Sounds lovely.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 21-Nov-12 16:56:33

They get a lot of holidays but next to no annual leave. And only 6 weeks unpaid mat leave. And, no healthcare. Really, don't be jealous of the stat holidays. Black Friday (when all the shops go mental) is starting on the Thanksgiving evening this year so the workers have to leave their families and go into work.

HellothisisJoanie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:57:24

Oh these are über foodies. Make margaritas from scratch , ribs marinade for days etc in summer.

I'm wearing Meat Pants.

grovel Wed 21-Nov-12 16:57:36

Tee2072, I love your country which gives me the right to be all judgemental about it.

Tee2072 Wed 21-Nov-12 16:58:10

Okay grovel. hmm

FeuDeRussie Wed 21-Nov-12 16:58:19

Olives, lettuce and green jelly? hmm These foods all sound very weird but I survived a Twinkie once so am up for trying them if it means I get a Thanksgiving!

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

I didn't realise your post was judgemental grovel I though you were just informing me of Thanksgiving foods! What is butterball turkey anyway?

zeeboo Wed 21-Nov-12 17:00:14

I loved thanksgiving growing up in the US and really miss it now. It really heralded the start of the holiday season.

zukiecat Wed 21-Nov-12 17:00:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

grovel Wed 21-Nov-12 17:01:00

Butterball turkey is (or was) a pre-basted, frozen turkey sold by Swift Foods.

Molepomandmistletoe Wed 21-Nov-12 17:02:00

We NEEEEEED Thanksgiving. Just for the extra excuse to pig out <greedy pig emotion>and watch American Football.

ConfusedPixie Wed 21-Nov-12 17:02:30

We have bonfire night! I'd rather that than Thanksgiving, too much hassle wrt work and holiday too close together imo.

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