Here at Ocean, we’ve teamed up with bloggers to celebrate an unusual event for those in the UK: Thanksgiving.
Figures show that Thanksgiving is growing in popularity in England. In fact, a 2014 survey found that 1 in 6 Britons would be cracking out the pumpkin pie come November 26th.
What is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving was first celebrated (in what we now know as the USA) 1621 when early settlers and Wampanoag Indians honoured a successful harvest with a shared meal. It became an official holiday in 1863. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday of November, when they gather with loved ones to enjoy delicious food and give thanks for the year’s blessings.
How to celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK
Cook Up a Feast
An enormous meal is central to the Thanksgiving tradition – and it gives you an excuse to have Turkey before Christmas! Aside from Turkey with all the trimmings, use the day as an opportunity to try some of the more unusual American specialities: think pumpkin pie, cornbread and sweet potatoes with marshmallows (yes really!).
Enjoy some family time
Without the distraction of presents, Thanksgiving is a holiday that is all about family. Many Americans spend the day gathered around the TV watching football or the famous Macy’s parade. Family favourites such as board games and wintery walks are also sure to go down well.
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without actually giving thanks! This might feel a little awkward to Brits, but being thankful is a good habit to get into. In fact, there may even be health benefits! Ask everybody to write down three things they are thankful for, place them into a Thanksgiving jar, and then you can read them aloud over dinner.