Some facts about Thanksgiving!
Thanks-giving. This Christian celebration recognised in many countries was an opportunity to thank God for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year. In the United States, the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers of the former Plymouth colony after their first harvest in the New World in 1620 on board the Mayflower ship. They used to celebrate the help given by native peoples.
Considered as one of the most popular national traditions ever, this feast became secular and made a holiday in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
What about traditions?
During Thanksgiving (on Thursday then), Americans gather for a family meal where it is customary to bring a dish to the hosts. Besides, every year since 1924, the famous Macy's store has set up an impressive parade of floats and giant balloons in the shape of cartoon characters. Many artists take part in this parade, which is broadcasted live on television. Thanksgiving is also an opportunity for football teams to shine, from professional NFL and college to amateur and high school levels with several games played on that day.
Yearly event kick-off!
Black Friday starts the day after Thanksgiving. It is that time of year when every brand and shop offers the highest sales on all kinds of products. To complete a successful Black Friday shopping spree like a true American, consider scouting beforehand, because people gather in huge masses as soon as 4 a.m. in front of their favourite shops! For those who'd rather stay home, wait 3 more days for Cyber Monday and shop online! That way, you'll be able to secure some sweet deals whilst avoiding mingling with the crowds.
Most importantly: what's on the menu?
The traditional Thanksgiving meal is comprised of a stuffed turkey (emblematic of the feast), served with gravy or a cranberry sauce. For a tenderer and tastier turkey, the trick is to use a cooking bag and keep it in the oven for about three hours, depending on the size of your fowl. It usually comes with stuffing that you can make using stale bread and previously grilled vegetables to make it more flavoursome. It is served with sweet potato mash and marshmallows au gratin, as well as potatoes and a green bean casserole. Eat to your heart's content!
Do you need more calories? Let's talk sweets!
For a sweet note, the meal traditionally ends with a pumpkin pie or a pecan pie, both very dear to the heart of many Americans. If you wish to prepare the pecan pie yourself, use Karo Dark Corn Syrup. And for a truly complete recipe, just follow the instructions written on the syrup flask. Guaranteed success!