Thanksgiving 2020 - History, Meaning, Quotes, Message, Food

Celebrating Turkey day is a time-honored American tradition for nearly 400 years in the making. So before that famous Powell takes its place center stage on our Thanksgiving tables.

Thanksgiving Day Bears its origin from the Harvest Festival. Generally, Americans give thanks to God for their Autumn Harvest and every other success they have achieved in the year. 

20 Interesting Facts Of Thanksgiving


Number 1

Thanksgiving Day in the US is observed on the fourth Thursday of November. The day was declared a federal holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It is also a day off to American workers.

According to historians as selling with a cell called Mayflower cross the Atlantic carrying about 100 True pilgrims. The journey was pulled. 

Because of the terrible storms in the sea after 66 days, they are live in five months and could not proceed to the initial intent destination virgin ear because of bad weather. 

In fact, about 46 pilgrims died in cold winter the survivors who learn how to grow food from squandering a native Indian.

Number 2

in 1939 President Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving Day moving it to the third Thursday instead of the last Thursday of November. The change was done in order to encourage people to shop more. During the Great Depression


Number 3


According to Time Magazine, President Thomas Jefferson hated the idea of Thanksgiving and thought it was the most ridiculous idea conceived

Number 4



Macy's Thanksgiving Parade started in 1924 every year since then it has been presented by Macy's and New York City on Thanksgiving Day.

Number 5

Did you know that Macy's Thanksgiving Parade includes over a dozen mess of balloons with Snoopy holding the record for the most appearances?

Number 6


supposedly in 1953. The idea of the first frozen dinner came up when Swanson company used 260 tons of it's Thanksgiving turkey leftovers and packed it along with peas sweet potatoes and cornbread stuffing.

Number 7


according to the American Automobile Association, nearly forty-two point five million Americans traveled a distance of 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving weekend in 2011.

Number 8

46 million is our eight number and it's the number of turkeys. The National Turkey Federation expects Americans to eat on Thanksgiving.

Number 9


Next number and it's how much the American Farm Bureau estimates the average turkey dinner cost to feed a table of 10 people

Number 10

hold onto your Pilgrim hats because 4500 is the average number of calories a single person consumes on Thanksgiving. According to the calorie Control Council, 3000 of the calories are from the meal and 1500 come from the snacks appetizers, and drinks throughout the day.

Number 11


You're one of 48.5 million Americans estimated to travel more than 50 miles from home this year. The Stewart has told us that today is the busiest day busy travel day of the year. "AAA" expects a whopping forty-eight and a half million of those Travelers will be on the roads. So let's hope none of them On a Griswold family vacation.

Number 12

If you're in New York City joined the other three and a half million people who are expected to line the streets to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Number 13


Speaking of Christmas and Thanksgiving, the song Jingle Bells was not originally written as a Christmas song, and it's commonly thought to have started as a Thanksgiving tune. The song was written in 1857 by an American man named James Pierpont under the original title of a one-horse open sleigh. Apparently, Pierpont wrote the song for a Thanksgiving performance at his father's Sunday school and proved so popular. It was also sung at Christmas, with which the song is since become more commonly associated.

Number 14

the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest single day of travel of the year in the US, with 37 percent of travelers departing for their trips the day before Thanksgiving.

Number 15


according to the American purveyor of books, Barnes& Noble. The day before Thanksgiving is also the day in which Americans read the most. Apparently, many Americans use books to entertain themselves and relieve stress while traveling home. Or simply as a way to distract themselves from the family drama.

Number 16

Additionally, the day before Thanksgiving is also the single biggest day for bar sales in the United States. People really do enjoy becoming Krunch the day before Thanksgiving. 

Thirty-one study into the cost of Thanksgiving concluded that the average American spends one hundred sixty-five point fourteen cents on Thanksgiving. Roughly 70 dollars of that goes towards travel costs and just over fifty-four dollars goes on food.


Number 17


Every Thanksgiving, Americans eat roughly 46 million turkeys. That's roughly one turkey for every seven Americans. 

Number 18

The reason as to why turkeys are called turkeys isn't entirely clear. But the most widely accepted theory is that hundreds of years ago, Europeans began importing guinea fowl, which the English call turkeys because they were brought by Turkish merchants. 

Later on, when Europeans travel to America and first encountered what we now call turkeys, they incorrectly assumed they were also guinea fowl and began calling them turkeys as well. Nowadays, the word generally refers only to the North American bird we all know and love and tolerate, even if it is too dry to dry. 

Number 19


The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving dinner is around seven points two kilograms, or roughly six pounds the more.

Number 20


However, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest turkey on record weight, a staggering 29 kilograms, or approximately 86 pounds. This enormous turkey was named Taison and was raised in Jacksonville, SYK. Tyson was raised in, of all places, Peterborough in England.

Number 21


Most of these come from the north state, a.k.a. Minnesota, where roughly 45 million turkeys have raised each year. Minnesota is followed by North Carolina in second, with thirty-five million Gobbler's and Arkansas in third place, producing around twenty-nine million boys a year. Thirty-seven. Speaking of gobbling, you may be interested to know that only male turkeys gobble female turkeys instead produce a quiet clucking sound 
Hi my name is Polash and I was born and raised in the United States but for the past decade and a bit, I have lived in Canada. And I am both American and Canadian. And both countries celebrate Thanksgiving. 

Celebration Time


The most obvious difference is when they're celebrated. In the US Thanksgiving is on the 4th Thursday of November and it's usually celebrated on that Thursday while in Canada. It's on the second Monday of October.

And sometimes it's celebrated on that Monday but it could also be celebrated on the Saturday or Sunday of that long weekend. And interestingly the second Monday of October is also a holiday in the US but it's Columbus Day.

Now over in the US Thanksgiving on Thursday is a public holiday but Friday is kind of state by state although most people get the Friday off as well so it's generally a four day weekend.

While in Canada Monday is the public holiday and it's not national there are actually four Atlantic provinces that do not have Thanksgiving as a statutory holiday.

And as a bit of a side note in Quebec while it is a statutory holiday there it's not as commonly celebrated as it is in the rest of the country because in the US they get that Friday off or at least most people get that Friday off.

And because of some past traditions, Black Friday is a big part of Thanksgiving weekend where things go on sale and it's a huge shopping day in the year getting ready for Christmas.

On the day after Thanksgiving but in Canada Thanksgiving is on a Monday so there's no Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving. However on American Black Friday.

There are a lot of stores in Canada that will do Black Friday sales but it's not a holiday for us or a day off and the sales aren't quite as good or as intense as they are in the US.

So even though they're on different days and different months the way Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving looks really similar.

It's a gathering or meal usually with your family. There's always turkey and pumpkin pie. They look really similar.

Thanksgiving Football Playing



Football is something that both country's holiday shares. In Canada, the CFL the Canadian Football League puts on a doubleheader called The Thanksgiving Day Classic.

And I would say it's not quite as big of a deal as football is in U.S thanksgiving. But it still exists and in the US the tradition of having football games held on Thanksgiving Day dates way back to the 19th century.

Today you'll still see professional football games on TV on Thanksgiving Day. You'll even see high school football games being held on Thanksgiving and families just going out in their backyards or to a park and playing football games before or after Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Day Parades


Another tradition that both countries share is the Thanksgiving Day parades. So in the US, it's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which has been around since 1924 and happens in New York.

And it's huge averaging over 24 million viewers which is a little over 7% of the US population and in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade you'll see a lot of famous names or famous people like musicians or actors and actresses.

You'll see renditions and Broadway shows that are on right now and a lot of marching bands and huge floats. It's a really big deal and a lot of families watch this together on Thanksgiving morning followed by the dog show.

And Canada has a parade to the Kitchener Waterloo October Fest puts on the Thanksgiving Day parade and I would say that it's not as grandiose or as big of a deal or even as popular as the parade is in the US but it's still a Thanksgiving Day Parade and in 2017.

It was estimated at its peak to have about a million viewers which would be under 3 percent of the Canadian population. So other than one being on a Thursday the other being on a Monday and one being in November the other being in October they seem pretty similar.

Historical Difference


Are we celebrating the same thing? They are both built around a harvest celebration but the histories of the two Thanksgivings are totally different and one is a bit more complicated than the other one in the US.

When we talk about where Thanksgiving originates we're talking about one specific event that everyone knows about but in Canada, there's not really one specific event that we see as the origin of Thanksgiving.

But there are two events that are probably the most likely. So the first most likely origin of Thanksgiving in Canada happened in 1578.

During the third expedition to find the Northwest Passage when the group of ships they were separated because of its really bad weather and ice. But in August they finally reunited in what's now.

None of it and to give thanks to God for reuniting them. This group of people gathered for a communal meal but they never actually found the Northwest Passage or created a successful settlement here.

The second most likely origin was in 1606 when settlers of what is now Nova Scotia. They had a really rough winter and they had a lot of deaths in their community mostly due to scurvy so they wanted to raise spirits and they created something called the Order of good cheer.

Where through the next winter they got together weekly for a communal feast and they even invited their McMath neighbors apologies because I know I'm probably pronouncing that wrong but those were the indigenous people in the area and then after the first winter they made it an annual tradition to have a communal feast.

Now heading south of the border and a few years later and 1620. The pilgrims made it over on the Mayflower and set up a colony. And in 1621 one to celebrate their first successful harvest they held a three-day gathering.

A communal feast. And this three-day feast was also attended by about 90 members of the Wampanoag tribe. Apologies. I am also pronouncing that one incorrectly I'm sure.

But these were the native people in that area and they actually outnumber the number of pilgrims there were roughly about 50 pilgrims. And we don't actually know when this three-day feast was even held.

But it was most likely somewhere between the end of September and mid-November most likely being in October which is interesting when Canadian Thanksgiving is now celebrated.

The same is true for both countries and that the origins did not lead to a yearly and annual Thanksgiving that's been held ever since the very first Thanksgiving in Canada. Thanksgiving didn't really start solidifying as a tradition until 1763 when the British took over.

But even then the reasons and the dates for celebration changed and it was different in different regions and in the US it was even a little bit later in the 18th century when a few presidents would name Thanksgiving days on certain years.

But these days were at different times and it wasn't an annual tradition. And then later on in the 19th century, it was state governors that would start naming Thanksgiving days.

And it wasn't until the 18th thirties that Americans even started looking at that first three-day feast between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans as the first Thanksgiving. The U.S. was the first of the two to actually make Thanksgiving an official annual holiday.

This happened in 1863 under Lincoln who named it as kind of a celebration of civil war victories but as happened annually ever since that first official Thanksgiving was held on the last Thursday of November and has been held on that date ever since.

Although at one point it did switch from last Thursday of November to the fourth Thursday of November because there are some Novembers that have five Thursdays and Canada was only 15 years behind at making Thanksgiving an official holiday with the first official Thanksgiving being on November 6th, 1879.

And the date originally bounced back and forth between October and November. And the government would use Thanksgiving as a way to celebrate different things each year like maybe a harvest or a special anniversary. And it finally stopped bouncing around in 1957 when Parliament decided on a date and a reason for the celebration which was the second Monday of October.

And to thank God for the harvest that Canada had that year in both countries the dates of Thanksgiving throughout history changed. Both had some in November and October the US's first thanksgiving was most likely in October. Canada's first official Thanksgiving was definitely in November.

Why did Canada land on the second Monday in October and the US landed on the fourth Thursday of November?



We can't be 100 percent sure here but some people think that in Canada because it's a colder climate. Harvest happens a bit earlier which is why we would be harvesting and celebrating in October.

But another reason might be Remembrance Day which is a holiday in Canada held in November so it's just a way to put a separation between the two of those in the US.

It's the end of November just because that's the first date that Abraham Lincoln named it an official holiday and we followed that tradition ever since.

Now neither of these countries invented the idea of having a harvest celebration and they aren't even the only two countries in the world that celebrate something like a Thanksgiving.

But because the two countries are so close together in proximity it's interesting to look at the differences and the similarities between the two.

So as a bit of a recap the origin of Thanksgiving in Canada was either in 1578 when a bunch of explorers got together to thank God that they didn't all die or in 16 0 6 when a bunch of settlers got together to raise their spirits because so many of them were dying an American Thanksgiving originated in 1621 when the Mayflower pilgrims got together to celebrate their first successful harvest in the new land.

The Americans made it an official holiday first in 1863 and the Canadians made it an official holiday in 1879. In the US Thanksgiving is held on the fourth Thursday of November while in Canada it's held on the second Monday of October.

Well like other holidays I would say that Thanksgiving is celebrated a bit bigger and a bit more grandiose in the US. That's probably helped a bit by Americans getting a four day weekend and most Americans celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday.

While Canadians get a three day weekend and because it's a Monday they often celebrated on Saturday or Sunday so it's not even held on the same day for everybody. But even if it is generally a bit bigger in the US the two celebrations do look really similar.

They're both families getting together over a big meal consisting of similar types of food and football and parades exist in both holidays so there are a lot of details I can cover. But those are the highlights of the differences and similarities between American and Canadian Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoyed it. 

So here's a timely question, is Thanksgiving in the Bible? If you're looking for insights into the Bible, faith, and history in ways that engage your brain regardless of your faith stance. Now, if you're reading this from the United States, you might be a little confused. 

After all, Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November. Well, in the United States it is. But north of the border, we also have a holiday that is called Thanksgiving. That is on the second Monday in October.

The fact is the snow comes a little bit early here, so we have to do it sooner. Now, there are some differences between the two holidays and why they fall where they do. But the same question still applies. 

Is Thanksgiving in the Bible

Is Thanksgiving in the Bible? 


Well, no, but yes, the two holidays bearing the same name in the United States, Canada, and other places around the world are nationally designated. They're not tied to any particular celebration found within traditional Christian or Jewish calendars. 

Their government-designated holidays based around the harvest. But they do get attention in places of worship. Why? Because while the specific holiday of Thanksgiving is not in the Bible, the act of giving thanks and various festivals related to ours. 

Harvest festivals are common in almost every religious tradition and have existed since before the invention of writing, societies have organized and built themselves around the Earth seasons, including when to plant and when to harvest. 

And this was true of the cultures and the empires that emerged in Mesopotamia and Egypt and everywhere in between, including the eastern Mediterranean where Israel would emerge.

This interrelationship between humanity and the world around them was so infused into the culture because empires literally rose and fell with the harvest, being good stewards of the earth was intrinsic to the rhythm of life. 

And with that came celebrations to remind them of that harvest. Festivals are well known in Hebrew scripture showing that they were part of the culture from early on, even though the written sources that we have for these festivals date to the time following the Babylonian exile. 

There are enough clues to suggest that these practices existed well before then. In particular, two of the three major pilgrimage festivals were based around giving thanks for the harvest. Pilgrimage festivals were celebration centered around the temple in Jerusalem and where possible. 

Those participating in them would make their way there. All three of these festivals remain a central part of religious life in Judaism today, quite often in Christian worship services. Around Thanksgiving, the text from the various harvest festivals are used in worship, and there's a good reason for this.

So let's take a closer look


The first of them came early in the season representing the beginning of the wheat harvest, this was called First Fruits and was a festival of Thanksgiving in late spring where the growing season was still in force. 

But the first of what was grown could be harvested, particularly wheat. It showed that growing and harvests overlapped. But most of the practice is found in the 26 chapters of Deuteronomy. 

It involved bringing in the first yields of the field to the temple, presenting them, and then reciting an abbreviated story of God's deliverance of the people from slavery in Egypt. And then this, of course, was followed by a party, but they weren't done yet growing and harvest overlapped. 

But there was another celebration that came at the end of the season, the festival of Booths. If there is a straight-up biblical parallel to harvest Thanksgiving, this one would be it Ebor, a comparable theme to both Passover and First Fruits. 

The festival booths recalled the path from slavery to freedom and God's generosity reflected in the year-end. Harvest as a close parallel to the festival of Booths is to our modern celebrations of Thanksgiving. 

It was still quite different. Instead of a single day, this festival was seven to eight days long. Not only that, but there was also a reminder of the kinds of conditions their ancestors experienced when wandering in the wilderness.

People were called on to create makeshift shelters and live in them throughout the festival as a reminder to what it was like to be homeless. In some respects, there are some who might prefer that than having the relatives over for an awkward dinner. 

The common thread with these two celebrations, as well as Passover, is one of giving thanks, and this was very much part of the development of Israel's faith. From what we can tell, these celebrations all predated the exile in some form. 

Although their current shape was fixed with the first five books of Hebrew scripture crystalizing in the years following the exile. It showed that Thanksgiving wasn't just about a single day, but rather an orientation towards life. 

Everything is in response to God's generosity, and living life with a sense of gratitude can be powerfully freeing. So in this sense, is Thanksgiving in the Bible will in this light?

It absolutely is. It may not have all the trappings of turkey and horns of plenty and all that stuff, but a sense of gratitude is foundational to our faith. If there is one tip that may help us reading large portions of the Hebrew Bible.

It is to remember to view it through the Thanksgiving lens. It's something that we lose sight of when we get bogged down in the debates about doctrine, rules, and other tangents.

So in light of this, what is Thanksgiving to you? Was any of this new let me know in the comments section below.
Hello, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I thought it would be fun to share my foolproof Thanksgiving spread. This menu feeds between 8 and 10 guests. So you really do get your money's worth.

I have a turkey here that is about 12 pounds. The general rule of thumb is between one and one and a half pounds of turkey per person that you're serving always one and a half pounds if you're hoping to have some leftovers. 

I bought a frozen turkey instead of a fresh turkey. Frozen turkeys are traditionally a little more affordable if you're using a frozen turkey. It's really important to get it out of the freezer and into the refrigerator two to three days before Thanksgiving. 

It really does take that long to thaw out. You never want to get to Thanksgiving Day and discover that you haven't thought your turkey and you have to cook it from frozen.

Season Up Your Turkey


I have simply bent the wings back behind its body to create sort of this position. And I've also trusted the legs just to hold them together. Of course, there are lots of different ways you can season up your turkey, but I'm keeping things really simple with this menu. 

  1. Just a little brush of salted butter with a pastry brush all over. And it's as simple as that. 
  2. Now that our turkey is completely buttered, the last step before we get it into the oven will be dispensing it with foil.
  3. I've gone ahead and buttered the underside of my foil to prevent it from sticking to the skin of my turkey. 
  4. There's nothing worse than going to remove your foil during the cooking process and discovering that it's sticking to the skin and part of the skin comes off.

Now that my turkey is spoiled, I'm going to pop it into my preheated oven at three hundred and 25 degrees Fahrenheit for between one and a half and two hours. I'm going to remove my turkey from the oven and give it a quick baste with a little more salted butter and allow it to cook for the rest of the time uncovered so it gets a nice dark golden skin. 

For a turkey of this size. You're typically looking at a cooking time of between three and a half to four hours. But the only safe way to know your turkey is completely cooked through is with a meat thermometer. 

It should register one hundred and sixty-five degrees in the breast before it comes out of the oven. Then you'll just want to tender it and let it rest for another 15 minutes before carving it. You don't want to carve it immediately. You really need to give it that resting time to let all those juices incorporate.

Stuffing


Now that we're done with all that turkey talk, we can turn our attention to our stuffing, as far as I'm concerned, the best part of any Thanksgiving feast. If you've been eating a story about stuffing all of your life, you were in for a real treat because there is nothing quite like homemade.


Of course, I will admit it is a little more expensive than store-bought stuffing, but worth each and every penny. I have a nice big skillet on the stove and I'm just going to 

  • heat it up over medium-high to that. I am going to add some butter. 
  • Once it's melted, I'm going to go ahead and add some onion and some celery. 


Now I'm going to let those cook away for between five and six minutes. You'll see the celery will turn nice and bright green. Things will start to smell amazing. And that means it is time to add the rest of your amazing flavor to this. 

First up, of course, we've got some garlic headed in here. And then I've got some gorgeous fresh herbs. I've got some chopped fresh parsley, had it in here, some sage, which is very, very classic and stuffing. And finally some fresh thyme leaves, beautiful or beiges, flavor. Now, if you're new to cooking with fresh herbs, I always recommend them. 

But if you're looking for a slightly more affordable alternative, you can also opt for some dried herbs. You want to cut all of your volumes in half, though, because dried herbs pack quite a bit more punch than a fresher will.

Let all this yumminess cook up, stirring it constantly for another one to two minutes. Then we're going to go ahead and add our broth to this. Now, I'm using chicken broth today, but if you have any vegetarian guests joining you for dinner. 

This is the perfect place to swap in some vegetable broth. You will make some vegetarians very, very happy. It's also another great reason to not put your stuffing in your turkey. 

Then the vegetarians can enjoy it, too. We'll season this up with some salt and pepper. And then once my broth mixture is boiling, I'm going to reduce my heat to medium and let it cook away.

And then after about 10 minutes of simmering, your nose will be rewarded because your whole kitchen is when you smell delicious.


We can turn our heat off completely and pile in our bread. Today I'm using just a loaf of white sandwich bread that I cut into cubes and left out overnight to allow it to dry out completely. It's super important that your bread be really dry when it goes into your pan so that it can absorb all of that tasty flavor. 

If you use bread that's too moist, you'll end up with really soggy stuffing. Now, if you don't want to deal with this step, most bakeries actually sell dry bread cubes like this for use as croutons. It's a great option. And usually, you can buy an entire bag of those bread cubes for only about two dollars. Either way, you just want to make sure your stuffing as well.


And as soon as it's absorbed all of that tasty liquid, you can transfer it to a serving dish, cover it in some foil, and then we can reheat it in the oven for about 30 minutes right before serving. I feel like we've already won Thanksgiving.
So it's probably no surprise to most of you that Thanksgiving happens to be one of my very favorite holidays, thanks, of course, to all the delicious food involved.

But some of you might not know that I'm actually half American, a half Canadian, which means I get to enjoy two Thanksgiving dinners every year. How amazing is that? Today I whipping up three delicious side dishes worthy of your Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

But that is easy enough to enjoy even on a busy weeknight. I'm kicking things off today with these amazing orange glazed carrots, I think you guys are going to love them now because this is a special occasion. I have given these carrots the royal treatment.

I've peeled them really nicely and I've left a little bit of the stem intact, which I think looks extra beautiful. This is a bit precious, but if you're ever going to get this fussy.

Make Ready Your Stove


So I'm starting with a nice big skillet on the stove. To that, I am going to add some butter because we all know how much I love the sight and smell of melted butter.


I'm going to add two cloves of garlic that I've just smashed. No need to mince your garlic in this recipe because all we're really trying to do is extract its delicious flavor.


Once you can start to smell that garlic, which is almost immediately, you can get your carrots into the pan, and then it is time to start adding even more flavor. In this case, I'm going to do that by adding a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. You have the option to use different herbs here.

Some time would work. Some sage would be really lovely. But I always think that Rosemary is beautifully complemented by our next ingredient, orange and lots of it.

So I'm going to start by zesting my orange into the pan. Then we are going to add orange juice into our pan.

So the idea here is that we're basically going to be steaming our carrots in some orange juice and they're going to get infused the flavor of that rosemary and that garlic sort of sweet, savory combination that you guys know I love so, so much.


And then I'm just going to top this off with a splash of water. I'm going to pop the lid on my skillet, reduce my heat to medium, and let those carrots steam away until they are tender. Now, based on the size of these carrots, that's going to take about eight to 10 minutes.

But if your carrots were in smaller pieces, it may happen a little sooner to finish these off. I'm just going to toss my carrots in a good drizzle of honey for a little bit of sweetness and some salt and pepper.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I'm going to let them cook for another two minutes or so just until that honey starts to caramelize. And that's it. These carrots are ready to serve. Guys, I promise you, once you've tasted these carrots, you'll never want to eat them any other way again.

They are really, really flavorful and of course, have those classic holiday flavors of orange and rosemary. This is a must-try, I must say.

 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Next, I'm going to be adding a twist on a classic Thanksgiving side dish, roasted Brussels sprouts.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes





















Now, if you're not a Brussels Sprouts fan, this might actually be the recipe that changes your mind, mostly because it involves bacon and maple syrup. So, you know, it can't possibly be that I've got my Brussels sprouts trimmed and chopped and I'm just going to pour them into a small roasting pan.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

But instead of adding a little drizzle of olive oil like I would normally do, I am going to top my Brussels sprouts with some finely chopped bacon. We're going to be roasting our Brussels sprouts with the bacon.

Which is going to impart a ton of beautiful, smoky, salty flavor into them. Veggies never tasted so good. Trust me, since my bacon is quite salty as it is, I'm not going to add any additional salt to this dish, but I am going to season these with just a little sprinkle of garlic powder.

I'm going to get these guys into the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about twenty to twenty-five minutes. And then it will be time to top this with a few tablespoons of maple syrup, some freshly cracked black pepper, and then finish it off with some chopped pecans, which add a great crunch to this dish.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We're going to get these back into the oven for another 10 minutes or so or until everything is nice and browned and caramelized and you've got a nice crispy layer of pecans on top.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes


And there you have it, my dear. These beautiful Brussels will have all your guests just bacon for more.

And finally today, I'm sharing a slightly more surprising side dish that I think will become a family favorite. And no time there, my roasted pears and parsnips. And if you're not familiar with parsnips, you are in for a treat.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

They are really, really tasty. They basically look a lot like white carrots and they are slightly sweet the way carrots are.

But they also have a nice peppery finish and a really beautiful earthiness that is wonderfully paired with pears.

We're just going to start by chopping our parsnips and placing them on a nonstick baking sheet. To that, I'm going to add some pear.

Now I'm using Bosc pears, but of course, any type of pear will do if you love pears. As much as I love Paris.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

I'm just going to cut the core out of my pears and then chop them up in a similar size and shape so everything grows nice and evenly. We're just going to toss this all with a little bit of olive oil.

Then we'll hit it with some salt and pepper and some fresh time. We're going to get the pears and the parsnips into the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and let them roast up until they start to get nice and soft and caramelize, let's say, between 25 and 30 minutes.













In the meantime, we are going to mix up a really tasty, sweet, and tangy dressing. I've got some Dijon mustard hanging out in a bowl here, too, that I'm adding a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. You always had the option to use Mosaddeq vinegar in this. That would be really good as well.

Then I am also going to add a little bit of honey, we're going to whisk that yumminess together. And just before that mixture is done roasting, we're going to pull it out of the oven, pour our sauce over top and then get it back into the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the flavors have a chance to develop and everything is nice and caramelized and golden. I think it is fairly apparent that this is one heck of a side dish. Guys, I really hope you will give this one a try for yourself.


Let's start off with breakfast, or at least the food most closely resembling breakfast, Thanksgiving leftover waffles. This is a little more than a fun way to reheat your Thanksgiving leftovers. But when

I say fun, I mean, really, it's as simple as lubing up your waffle iron with plenty of nonstick sprays and stuffing it with stuffing until golden and crisp for stuff like leftover mashed potatoes. You might want to add some binders.


I find that one egg and about three ounces of grated cheddar cheese is all you need to turn about two cups of leftover mashed potato into a cheesy crispy cheddar potato waffle. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the best sentences I've ever said. Same procedure. Spray it up, squish it down and waffle.

Something way better than any leftover mashed potatoes you've ever eaten. Sweet potatoes can get a little loose and goopy, so they need a little extra help. In addition to the single egg, these two cups of sweet potatoes receive two tablespoons of All-Purpose flour. It's going to help the waffle bind together and not become a mushy, disappointing mass.

When you retrieve it from your iron, make sure you don't overfill your waffle maker, squash it down and toasted up, and look at that. It's a sweet potato casserole waffle. There are a few ways I could better imagine you could honor your sweet potato's memory. But then the piece de resistance, the Thanksgiving leftover triple waffle tall stack garnished with cranberry sauce and turkey and drizzled with gravy.

Folks, I am no lover of Instagram bait food gimmicks, but I felt the need to share this with you because it genuinely rocks. If you've got kids, imagine their gaze of wonder this Sunday morning when you greet them with this mountain of Thanksgiving favorites.

I do not have kids myself, but the child, like squeals of my camera crew, was evidence enough that this is a good idea. Next up, we move on to lunch where I think the leftover Thanksgiving a sandwich is ripe for innovation.

First up, we're going to pull the skin off our leftover turkey breast and set it aside because we have big plans for it, that we're going to slice up the turkey breast as thin as we possibly can. And then we're taking the skin over to the stovetop where we're going to fry it up in a bit of vegetable oil.

This can be a bit of a messy, buttery process, and it might not cook very evenly, but just press it down and give it a flip and maybe weigh it down with a heavy saucepan, ensuring that every nook and cranny has become golden, brown and crisp.

And we're setting these guys aside a drain on paper towels while we prepared the other elements of our sandwich, maybe the most important of which is the bread, which we are going to toast up in butter. Only on one side, though, you will find out why shortly. First up, we're transporting our bread over to the assembly surface, but we're not just plopping it down on the countertop.

No, no. For you see, this is the leading cause of toast to sweat. So we're going to make sure that we assemble our sandwich on a wire rack. Then I have an extremely indecent proposal for you. I want you to assemble the sandwich with the bread inside out. That's right.

The beautiful, golden crispy side of the bread facing inward. We'll touch on that later because now it's time to employ one of the most useful tips I've ever picked up making this show, the infamous moist maker or a central slice of bread soaked in gravy.

I'm going to untoasted bread and hot gravy for superior gravy absorption. And while that soaks, I'm going to start assembling the sandwich. First up, a generous layer of our thinly sliced turkey, followed by a thin but generous patty of leftover stuffing.

The top that goes a thin smear of cranberry sauce is sufficiently soaked, moist mayger, another layer of turkey, another layer of stuffing, another layer of cranberry sauce. And then it's time for yet another one of our secret weapons, our salty, crispy fried turkey skin that I'm just going to smear a little sweet potato casserole in the top slice of bread, top-up, and marvel at what I have created. 

Now I am opposed to sandwiches. They can't fit in your mouth. So I'm going to give this thing a little squish, taking care not to destroy our moist maker. And then I'm going to skewer it and slice it into Twain.

And that, my friends, is how you make a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich. The real innovation here, however, lies in the inside out application of the toasted bread. It protects the bread from becoming mooched by condiments, protects the roof of your mouth from getting torn up by toast, and gives the whole sandwich an unexpected potato chip-like crunch. I think it's going to revolutionize the world of sandwiches as we know it. 

And I'm very proud to announce here today that I have not patented it. And it is an open-source for your use and innovation. Enjoy next. Unless we move on to dinner and maybe my favorite application of Thanksgiving leftovers because it can be enjoyed year-round. I speak, of course, about the frizzle Thanksgiving pot pie. 

You'll notice that in a large bowl I am combining some shredded leftover turkey breasts and roast potatoes chopped up into bite-sized pieces and some assorted vegetables. But you can, of course, mix and match based on what you have leftover from the giving of thanks. Next up, I have about three cups of gravy that I've thinned with probably a half cup of chicken stock into which I'm depositing our leftover solids and mixing to combine. 

And our pot pie filling is finished as easy as that. Next up, I have some store-bought puff pastry that I'm going to defrost lightly flour and roll out. Just till it's about one and a half times its original size and no creases or folds remain, then from this sheet of puff pastry, we're going to cut rounds.

We need to cut them about half an inch wider than the diameter of their intended container. So find something in your kitchen that fits the bill and get to slice. And then once you've got a few puff pastry rounds for potpies, large and small alike, it's time to simply assemble and then either bake or freeze. 

That's the beauty of this recipe. It can be enjoyed either now or later. I personally like to use small ramekins like this one or big ramekins like this one filled to about a half an inch shy of full to account for bubbles topped with our rounds of puff pastry that we're going to gently pat down around the edges to seal. 

And if you don't want to eat them now, you can give them the old home freezer preparation, treatment, wrapping twice in plastic wrap, and once in foil for any time you want to experience Thanksgiving flavors over the next six months. 

Meanwhile, our big boys are getting the same treatment, but with two layers of puff pastry. After all, there's nothing sadder in the world than a pot pie, that's all pot and no pie. Lastly, whenever you're ready to finally beat these guys, we're going to brush them down with one beaten egg. This will give our puff pastry a nice glossy sheen, and then we're going to sprinkle them liberally with some flaky sea salt, cut a few vents with a paring knife for good luck, and then into a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven.

They go for anywhere from 40 minutes to one hour, especially if they're frozen. Pull them out once they're nicely golden brown bubbling over the edges. And there you have it. The perfect way to enjoy Thanksgiving flavors year-round. Please excuse my excited hands and three to one. 

But I am excited because let's face it, after day three or four of Thanksgiving leftovers, you're starting to get sick of this stuff. So it's great to be able to either shush it up or save it for another day. You might notice that I'm taking a long time to eat this bite here, and that's because it's extraordinarily hot. Always exercise caution with potpies. I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday surrounded by amazing food, people you love, and of course, the people you have to love because it's Thanksgiving in their family and just have another glass of wine.

Greetings, my name is Sam, and today I'm going to be talking to you all about something I've never experienced myself, but I've heard a lot about it. No, not that Thanksgiving. I've seen it in films and TV, but sadly, it's not celebrated here in Britain. Not to worry, though, because we have the queen's birthday. We don't get a day off for it, though, or a turkey dinner. That crop really. So I'm actually quite British in a way anyway. 


But why did Franklin D. Roosevelt try to change the date of Thanksgiving?

Why should you stay away from characters with hats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? 

Why would you make a pie out of pumpkins? 

Number One 

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in various states in various countries including but not limited to the United States, Canada, Liberia, and several of the Caribbean islands. For the purposes of this article, we're going to be focusing on American Thanksgiving.

Number Two

Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks. I know it for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Today, it's an occasion to spend time with family and loved ones and to be appreciative of all the good things in life like stuffing and mayonnaise. 

Number three 

In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This means that Thanksgiving can occur as early as the 22nd of November and as late as the twenty-eighth 

Number four

The modern celebration of Thanksgiving in the US usually involves a large meal known as Thanksgiving dinner. Not very imaginative names. Either way, which features a large roasted turkey, serve the variety of side dishes, including mashed potato stuffing and cranberry sauce. 

Number five

The common Thanksgiving traditions include attending or watching parades, giving to charity, and watching American football and Thanksgiving specials on TV as the Good Lord intended.

Number six

while prayers and celebrations are giving thanks exist in virtually all religions and cultures. The history of Thanksgiving in North America is rooted in English traditions of giving thanks dating back to the Protestant Reformation, in which critics of the Catholic Church broke off to form their own Christian denominations. 

Number seven

Some of these groups wanted to replace most of or all the traditional religious holidays with days of fasting and days of Thanksgiving. Days of fasting would be held in response to events perceived to indicate God's disapproval, whereas days of Thanksgiving would celebrate events perceived to indicate God's favor and mercy 

Number Eight

The story of Thanksgiving begins in the year 16 20, when a group of 102 English settlers, now known as the Pilgrims, traveled to America on the Mayflower and established the Plymouth Colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This was the second successful permanent settlement by the Europeans in what is now the United States following the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, and 67. 

Number Nine

Soon after they arrived, the settlers were taught how to catch eels and grow corn for the local Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans, contributing to the success of the colony.

Number Ten

The following year and 16 21, the pilgrims celebrated their bountiful harvest with an enormous feast held in early autumn in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and celebrated together by the pilgrims and the Native Americans. This is commonly recognized as the first-ever Thanksgiving.

Number Eleven

It's believed that this first Thanksgiving was attended by 50 pilgrims, just over half the settlers reaching America. In fact, some historians believe that as few as only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving. The first Thanksgiving was also attended by roughly 90 Wampanoag Indians. It was a proper old knee up.

Number Twelve

Unlike today's traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the very first Thanksgiving dinner did not feature Turkey as a main cooked AviĆ³n. The first Thanksgiving dinner was probably centered around a cooked duck, goose. 

Number thirteen

There were also no forks for the very first Thanksgiving. Folks didn't become a popular utensil until the 18th century, and as such, the first Thanksgiving dinner was likely consumed using spoons, knives, and hopefully washed hands. 

Number Fourteen

On the 3rd of October 1789, the first president of the United States, George Washington, declared the twenty-sixth in November 1789 as a National Day of Thanksgiving and prayer, constituting the first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving.

Number Fifteen

After Washington left office, other presidents like John Adams and James Madison also declared days of Thanksgiving. However, several early U.S. presidents actively disapproved of National Thanksgiving Day, such as Thomas Jefferson, who is thought to oppose the holiday based on the belief that such a proclamation would violate the separation of church and state. On one occasion, Jefferson condemned the idea of a federal Thanksgiving proclamation as the most ridiculous idea ever conceived.

Number Sixteen

Thanksgiving was made an official federal holiday by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, right in the middle of the American Civil War. Abe Lincoln proclaimed that on the 26th of November, the final Thursday of the month, there would be a national day of. 

Thanksgiving and praise to our benefit and father who dwelleth in the heavens. You can't prove that's not what he sounded like by the White House. Good impression. And Jefferson wasn't kidding about the whole separation of church and state. 


Number Seventeen

Lincoln was prompted to make Thanksgiving official by the actions of a magazine editor named Sarah Christopher Hale, who passionately believe that the National Day of Thanksgiving with the United Nation careering toward civil war after an incredible 17 years of campaigning and writing letters, President Lincoln finally made Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Number Eighteen

Amazingly, the woman who made Thanksgiving official has another interesting claim to fame. As Hale also wrote the popular nursery rhyme, Mary had a little lamb.

Number Nineteen

In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt decided to change the date of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday of November to the second to last in an attempt to stimulate the economy during the Great Depression by giving more people time to shop at Christmas. 

Unfortunately, however, the change of date caused a lot of confusion. Most states held Thanksgiving on its original date, and three states Colorado, Mississippi, and Texas celebrated the holiday on both weeks.

Number Twenty

The result in public outcry caused by Roosevelt's date change was. So profound that many people mockingly referred to the Thanksgiving date as Franks giving. After only two years, the U.S. government abandoned the new policy and set the fourth Thursday, November as the legal date of Thanksgiving 

Thanksgiving is a time where most of us spend time with our families and loved ones eating delicious food and saying what we're thankful for. I love Thanksgiving, and I'm sure you do, too, right, who doesn't like spending a day with family and eating a ton of food? 

But what many of you probably don't know is there is an untold truth about Thanksgiving, the dark history of the holiday that most of us know as something positive, but in reality started off as the complete opposite as children were usually taught that the tradition dates back to times of the pilgrim's English religious dissenters who helped to establish the Plymouth colony in the present day, Massachusetts and 1620.



As the story goes, friendly, local Native Americans taught the struggling colonists how to survive in the new world, then everyone got together to celebrate with a feast and sixteen, twenty-one. The attendees included at least 90 men from the Wampanoag tribe and the 50 or so surviving Mayflower passengers, according to time. 

The battle lasted three days and featured a menu consisting of deer, fowl, and corn, according to the Smithsonian magazine. In reality, the Thanksgiving feast predates Plymouth. You can even find a number of localities that have fought to claim the first Thanksgiving for themselves. Settlers and Berkely Hundred in Virginia decided to celebrate their arrival with an annual Thanksgiving back and 1619, according to the Virginia Pilot.

Although the Washingtonian reported that the meal was probably little more than some oysters and ham threw together. However, decades before then, Spanish settlers and members of the Savoy tribe broke bread with salted pork, garbanzo beans, and a mass in 1565 Florida, according to the National Park Service. 

In today's time, our modern definition of Thanksgiving revolves around eating turkey, but in past centuries, it was more of an occasion for religious observance. This story is 1621 Plimoth festivities live on in popular memory. 

But the pilgrims themselves would have likely considered their sober 1623 days of prayer, the first real Thanksgiving, according to the blog of the history of Massachusetts. 

Others have pinpointed 1637 as the true origin of Thanksgiving owing to the fact that Massachusetts Colonie Governor John Withdraw declared the day of Thanksgiving to celebrate colonial soldiers who had just slaughtered 700 Pequot men, women, and children in what is now called Mystic Connecticut. 

Regardless, though, the popular story of the initial Harvest Festival is what has continued to live on. Thanks to the late Abraham Lincoln, the enduring holiday and celebration have almost entirely wiped the memory of what really happened between the Wampanoag and the English a whole generation later, 

Massasoit to the same more paramount chief of the Wampanoag proved to be a crucial ally to the English settlers.

In the years following the establishment of Plymouth, he arranged an exclusive trade agreement with the newcomers and allied with them against the French and other local tribes, such as the Narragansett and Massachusetts. 

However, over time, the alliance became strained. Thousands of English colonists swarmed into the region throughout the 17th century, according to historic contact. Indian people and colonists in today's northeastern the United States, authorities in Plymouth began asserting control over most aspects of Wampanoag life as settlers increasingly ate up more land. 

The Gloater Hulamin Institute of American History estimated disease had already reduced the Native American population in New England by as much as 90% from 1616 to 1619. And indigenous people continue to die from what the colonists called Indian fever. 

By the time Massasoit Son Medicament, known to the English as King Phillip, inherited the leadership relations had become strained. King Philip's war was ignited when several medicaments men were executed for the murder of Punker Boag interpreter and Christian convert John Sesemann. 

Wampanoag lawyers responded by embarking on a series of raids and the New England Confederation of Colonies declared war in sixteen seventy-five. The initial neutral colony of Rhode Island in the Providence Plantations was ultimately dragged into the fighting, as were other nearby tribes like the Narragansetts. The war was filled with bloodshed and was devastating.

Springfield, Massachusetts, was burned to the ground. The Wampanoag abducted colonists for ransom. English forces had attacked the Narragansetts on a bitter frozen swamp for harboring fleeing Wampanoag 600 Narragansets were murdered and the tribe's winter stores were ruined. 

According to Atlas Obscura, colonists in far-flung settlements moved to more fortified areas. While the Wampanoag and the allied tribes were forced to leave their villages. The colonists ultimately allied themselves with several tribes, such as the Mohegans and Pequod, despite initial reluctance from the Plimoth leadership. 

Meanwhile, meta-comment was dealt with a shocking blow when he crossed over into New York to recruit new allies. Instead, he was rebuffed and attacked by Mohawk's. Upon his return to his ancestral home at Mount Hope, he was shot and killed in a final battle. The son of the man who had sustained and celebrated with the Plymouth colony was then beheaded and his body dismembered. 

His remaining allies were then murdered or sold into slavery. In the West Indies, the colonists impaled King Philip's head on a spike and placed it on display in Plymouth for twenty-five years. In an article published in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts, Montclair State University Professor Robert E. Craig Jr. said the war is complete. The death toll could have been as high as 30 percent of the English population and half of the Native Americans in New England.

This war was just one of a series of brutal but dimly remembered early colonial wars between Native Americans and colonists that occurred in New England, New York, and Virginia. Popular memory has largely clung to the innocuous image of a harvest celebration while ignoring the deadly forces that would ultimately drive apart from the descendants of the guest of that very feast. 

Modern-day Thanksgiving may be a celebration of people coming together, but that's not the entire story when it comes to the history of that day. Well, the dark history, if you will. I'd like to show some respect for all of the fallen warriors of the past that took part in molding this holiday for what it is today. 

It's truly devastating how many lives were lost in this war. So while you're celebrating this day of feasting with your loved ones and what you're all thankful for, remember, not everything starts off on a happy note, but I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get a chance to eat a lot of good food with your families before we go.
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