Thanksgiving is an American holiday that focuses on giving thanks. Dating back to the American Revolution, Thanksgiving is a uniquely American and Canadian tradition. Traditional food such as turkey and stuffing is served, whilst people give thanks for all that they have. Even if you’re not American or Canadian, the idea of giving thanks is still quite appealing. Here’s how to host your own thanksgiving, wherever you are in the world.
The most important part (except for the company of course) of Thanksgiving is the food. Avoid any burnt turkey disasters and prepare in advance, delegating various courses to guests. Making thanksgiving a potluck style dinner will help you immensely. Here’s a quick list of food items any Thanksgiving menu needs: For savoury food, don’t forget the turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potato or green bean casserole. For sweet food, think pumpkin or pecan pie, ice cream and spiced apple crumble.
Continue the thanksgiving theme with food, and rustle up a batch of warming winter cider for your guests. Warm up apple cider and add maple syrup, cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange peel and berries to the concoction. Not only will this be delicious, but it will fill the house with a warming wintery scent.
Decorate your house with winter colours, think oranges, reds and browns. Apples and flowers set the scene for a pre-Christmas celebration, saying goodbye to the harvest in a celebratory fashion. Turkey decorations never go a miss, and a decorated house will make a thanksgiving dinner all the more fun.
During the dinner, don’t forget to give thanks. Considering this is what underlies the celebration, make sure you think about what you are grateful for. It’s also a time of fun, so crack out the board games for a celebration.
Give to Charity
Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks for what you have. In the same vain, it’s about thinking of other people and what they might need, so its the perfect time of year to give to charity. Get your guests to bring along some non-perishable food items and do your little bit to help someone in need.