Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s another celebration in America-land and one that is sort of treated more importantly than any other holiday.
For a start, people are given two days off at Thanksgiving (most people – not those who work in retail, because the shops open at crazy times for the Black Friday sales). Also, people will travel miles to see their families at Thanksgiving. Miles and miles and miles.
In comparison, in the UK we have Boxing Day as a holiday after Christmas Day, but here that does not exist, do it’s back to work for many Americans the day after Christmas.
So, what’s in store the UK Desperate Housewife USA this Thanksgiving? Am I going to ‘British it up’ or ‘do it American-style’?
I did try doing Thanksgiving once (our first year here), and it was shocking. It was like a poor-man’s attempt at a sort of Christmas dinner, but without the crackers and the presents and wotnot, and it felt all wrong because we really had no idea what to do, what we were meant to be giving thanks for, and there were no Americans there to help us out.
We did have this though, which somewhat brightened up our Thanksgiving table:
BBC America suggests that some expats might want to consider ‘Britishing up’ their Thanksgiving dinner. This kind of happened last year when we went to some British friends’ house and it worked a treat! You know, Thanksgiving dinner, with all the British trimmings like roast potatoes and pigs in blankets!
This year, for our final Thanksgiving, I am excited for a full on American Thanksgiving dinner with American friends! Bring. It. On 🙂
Deadly Affairs: To Catch a Cheat
Yeah, yeah, I’m back on the telly in the USA! This time I’m playing a ‘girlfriend’ on Investigation Discovery Channel’s Deadly Affairs show, episode To Catch a Cheat. It’ll be shown Thursday 2o November, 10pm! Make sure you tune in to see whodunnit!
Thanksgiving only became a 2 day holiday about 15 years ago because the “Black Friday Sales” on the Friday after Thanksgiving became so big that everyone started calling out at work. Employers decided to give the Friday off and take out one of the other holidays. Many dropped Columbus Day. Generous employers (not many) just gave their employees the extra holiday.
Of course for many Americans Thanksgiving is nothing more than an excuse for a big football day. And I am not talking soccer here! Most American homes on Thanksgiving have the women in the kitchen and the men in the living room watching football. Not the most gender equality day in the workload.
Yeah, I agree!!!!