Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! While we might be counting down the days until Christmas here in England, our neighbours across the pond are busy stuffing turkeys into ovens and pulling on their American football jerseys.
But with more and more Americans decamping to British shores, Thanksgiving traditions are slowly filling the gap between Bonfire Night and Christmas Eve. Here’s everything you need to know about the thankful festival, including how you can get involved in the UK.
What is Thanksgiving?
The clue's in the name: Thanksgiving is a holiday all about gratefulness, and commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by Pilgrim Fathers in 1621. Talk about #throwbackthursday.
When is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in America. Canada celebrate Thanksgiving a little earlier, on the second Monday in October.
What to eat:
Turkey, obviously. Thanksgiving dinner is a lot like Christmas dinner, with the addition of a sweet pumpkin pie for dessert. You can get your fill at Manchester’s Cane & Grain for a banquet fit for the American dream, or head to Number Sixteen in London for a Thanksgiving themed afternoon tea (available to book on Bookatable).
What to drink:
Wild Turkey Bourbon (which contains no turkeys, don't worry). Wash your sweet potato mash down with a shot of this award winning whiskey, or blitz up a pumpkin milkshake with two scoops of ice cream, a splash of milk and your leftover pumpkin pie.
What to watch:
While Americans will either be tuned in to football (the American kind) or The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we’ll have to choose between re-runs of our favourite American sitcoms (Friends: The One With All The Thanksgivings springs to mind…) or catch up on our latest Netflix addiction: binge-watching Narcos
How to beautify:
Can’t get enough of the pumpkin pie? Take a sniff of these pumpkin inspired beauty products, that will leave you smelling sweet from head to toe.
What to shop:
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally Black Friday, and marks the beginning of the US Christmas shopping season. Expect mega discounts, early starts and sharp elbows in the queue, so plan ahead with our guide to shopping Black Friday discounts.
What to do:
Thanksgiving is all about counting your blessings, so spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest and take a walk outside.