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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Family and Friends

  • Celebrating Thanksgiving with Family and Friends

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an important holiday in America. It’s also one of the oldest. The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621 when the pilgrims and Native Americans joined together to feast and give thanks for all they had. What is so remarkable we as Americans still take inspiration from that day almost 400 years ago.

Let us Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is a special day to reflect on and celebrate what you are thankful for in your life  This is true regardless of your background or culture. During Thanksgiving, families and friends will come together to give thanks to the special people who have impacted your life in significant ways, such as family members and friends. In fact, it’s a celebration that reflects the values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity. Thanksgiving is also an opportunity to be grateful for the abundance and bounty in your life

Whether you have a big family, small group of friends, or are part of a small team at work — there is just something about Thanksgiving that brings everyone together. It is not only filled with laughter and joy but also serves as a much-needed break from routine.  Friends and family get to spend time together in a relaxing environment as they share delicious food, conversation, and time together.

What Are the Traditional Foods of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in delicious food, which makes it a popular holiday. The menu usually includes turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.  Families often choose a different menu every year, so they never get tired of these classic dishes. Turkey is the main course of choice at Thanksgiving. This traditional meal is roasted and seasoned with herbs that vary depending on the family recipe.  Mashed potatoes are a staple at Thanksgiving.  These creamy, rich potatoes are perfect with any main course.

Cook Something New for the Main Course

If mashed potatoes are perfect with the main course, include a green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry salad, and macaroni and cheese.  Plain old turkey with gravy is expected at Thanksgiving but can get tiresome after a while.  Why not try something new this year? How about a Hawaiian-inspired turkey with pineapple and coconut?  You can also try something a little different,  Walnut and mushroom risotto with a standing rib roast will not disappoint.  

If you want to go with a classic dish but still stand out, try a cheese soufflé. Although, cheese soufflés are a bit more challenging to make, thery are worth the effort.

Don't Forget Dessert!

Turkey and Friends might be the main course, but dessert is the perfect way to end the meal.  There are plenty of different desserts to choose from, and you can even make your own special recipe if you want to go that route.  Pumpkin Pie is the traditional dessert but can be made with many alternatives such as a cream cheese topping paired with a nice hot cup of coffee.   A cranberry sauce cobbler might be a bit unusual, but it's tasty and festive.  Cranberry bread - This can be served as either a dessert or bread with the main course.  It's extremely easy to make and tastes incredible!

After enjoying a delightful dinner with filling food, interesting conversations and memories of people and events of years gone by, it is time to retire to the TV room for those who love football.  Time for naps for the children while others enjoy being together to discuss events in our current lives. 

What teams are playing football on Thanksgiving Day?

Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions: 12:30 p.m. ET.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: 4:30 p.m. ET.

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings: 8:20 p.m. ET.

Concluding thoughts!

There are so many things to be thankful for in this world, and Thanksgiving is a day to reflect on those things.






















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