It’s Thanksgiving season again! As we should all know, Thanksgiving is a national holiday and a day when family and friends gather and feast on elaborate dishes.
Thanksgiving is a cause for great celebration in the US and falls on the fourth Thursday of November each year. On this day, Americans thank and express their gratitude to the Almighty for the good things they have had in the past year. This year, Thanksgiving will be celebrated on November 26, 2020. Thanksgiving is also another name for the Harvest Festival in Britain, which marks the end of the harvest season there.
Although the exact origin of the tradition is often a subject of debate, many agree that the genesis of Thanksgiving dates back to the 17th century in the US, when the first settlers in North America celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621. To show appreciation for a large number of crops, the Plymouth settlers and the Wampanoag Indians gathered and shared a fall harvest festival on the Plymouth plantations. In 1863, during the reign of Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday and has been a national holiday ever since.
Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated by preparing sumptuous dinners, giving thanks, toasting, gathering with family and friends, and exchanging gifts as a token of love and appreciation. Ready meals include ham, fruit, sweet potato puree, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, chicken and eggs, duck, milk, cheese, and turkey with some filling as the centerpiece. Another popular Thanksgiving dish is Turducken, which is again a turkey dish stuffed with chicken and duck meat and glazed with honey, herbs, and seasonings.
Some of the gifts that are exchanged on Thanksgiving are ready-made or handmade Thanksgiving gift baskets and baskets filled with nuts, chocolates, cheese, cookies, jams, and other groceries. Another fun gift is the Thanksgiving question box with question cards that help brainstorm, break the ice, start a meaningful conversation, and bond with family and friends. Cookie baskets and chocolate bar cakes are also a good gift idea. Turkey card holders also make a good gift and allow you to customize the seating arrangement for your guests. Other notable Thanksgiving gifts include wreaths, bouquets, themed tableware, gourmet cakes and pastries, decorative fruit baskets, centerpieces, and delicate collectibles.