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Across America, experienced cooks are finalizing their Thanksgiving dinner menus, and double checking their order for fresh turkey. Less experienced cooks are summoning up the courage to take on their first big meal, excited about starting new family traditions of their own, but nervous about how it will all come together. The rest are finalizing their travel plans or still scrambling to find a spot at a dinner table somewhere.
Thanksgiving is a North American holiday so the Dowager may well ask “What is a Thanksgiving Dinner?” The British don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the same way. Instead, harvest festivals are held across the UK during the month of October, but there is no big holiday meal. In Canada our Thanksgiving holiday is held the second Monday in October, presumably since our growing season is shorter. It has nothing on American Thanksgiving as I learned from living in the US. As an outsider, it occurs to me that it has greater significance as a time to gather family and friends than Christmas. For that, America, do give thanks this holiday weekend.