Originally Posted by Snip 13
I know why I didn't start this Thread, South Africans don't celebrate thanksgiving :p
Wish we did though, sounds like a nice holiday!
Snip, Thanksgiving is a major holiday in the U.S. and Canada. We celebrate at the end of November. Take a look at some of the Thanksgiving menus and you will see why. Everyone heads to the kitchen and starts cooking. If you are going to be going to someones house, then you make something to bring. It is a time for family members to get together and let everyone know just how grateful they are for everything they have. It is an all day feast. Everyone is too full just from eating the main meal. So the women head to the kitchen and start the cleaning. The men head to the living room and watch football. In the kitchen, there is lots of laughter. In the living room they are yelling at the TV because their team made a stupid play or a touchdown.
When the game is over and the kitchen work is done, it is time for dessert. Pies galore, puddings, and everyone's favorite. Ice Cream. Can't leave the kids out. The children always sit at the children's table. The little ones are just waking up from a nap that they took on the living room floor. There is lots of chatter at the table telling stories about each other when they were small. There are no arguments. Only laughter and fun.
The turkey is the star of the whole day. It makes a grand entrance for everyone to see. Sometimes it is carved right at the table for everyone to watch. Sometimes it brought back to the kitchen to be carved and then the platter of meat is brought back in. Who wants white meat? Who want dark? Heaping bowls of food are being passed around the table. Mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, peas, squash, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, etc.
Most families sit down to eat between one and two o'clock. By six o'clock everyone is full and ready to go home. The women helped clean up that last of the meal, and everyone is ready to go home with a plate of the leftovers. Including the desserts.
For those families that don't want a turkey, they make a baked ham, rib roast or other favorite that everyone will eat.
You can make your own Thanksgiving holiday. You can start a new family tradition. Each member of the family can have a turn. Plan on inviting all the in-laws and outlaws. Ask each one to bring their favorite dish. Or a dessert. It is a time to have your whole family from both sides get together. A lot of families ask each person to tell what they are thankful for before they start to eat and after the prayer. For me, I am grateful for having my children.