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Hosting United States guests on Thanksgiving Day.
Tips please on making it a success.

 8:29 am on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

We've downloaded the Star and Stripes Anthem from iTunes
Figured out what a sweet potato bake is
And hidden all those Newsweek and Time magazines with the controversial and worrisome articles.

What else should we be doing.

Because of time differences we have Thanksgiving Day a full 12 Hours before America so situation now urgent


p.s. Turkey is already defrosting.



 10:25 am on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Find a couple pumpkin pies somewhere, and some cranberry sauce...


 11:41 am on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Football. On TV, and/or in the backyard.


 12:35 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Your guests should be charmed. This is very thoughtful. But, really, the turkey is just about it and even that varies from family to family. (We do ham and turkey, for example.)

The cliche is lots and lots of food. It's not typically a drinking holiday, but it can be.

What I like about Thanksgiving is that it is not patrotic or religious (although there are those who make it so, which is fine). It's just a day to be thankful for the good things. And your guests, thanks to your thoughtfulness, will certainly have something then and there to be thankful for.


 2:02 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes, Football is the key. Lots of Football.

You are stuffing the Turkey, correct?

Mashed potatoes and gravy with the Turkey too.


 2:18 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

in the backyard

Brr! Only if they come from the South.

So yes, cranberry is very good to have with Turkey. A lot of Turkey can make you sleepy and queasy, but cranberry helps. If you can't find any, lingonberry works too.

Some corn...er, "maize" would be good too. Or go all out and make a "jello mold." Nobody likes them but they sure do say "Thanksgiving."

And enough food to feed an army would be great too.

It sounds very nice what you're doing. I'm sure your guests will be delighted.


 2:51 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

the anthem isn't necessary.
everybody got the food basics as far as i can recall.
you should add your own small culinary touch somewhere.
just to be clear, that's not football, but american football.
a replay of the giants/dolphins game would be sufficient in a pinch...


 3:32 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream, mmm, my favorite.

Don't forget the cranberry sauce either.


 3:35 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Brr! Only if they come from the South.

Sorry, timster, yes, I'm in the south, and backyard football is very popular on Thanksgiving. It's such an entrenched tradition, it doesn't even occur to me that it might not be appropriate everywhere! (Between quarters during televised football, of course.)


 3:39 pm on Nov 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

There's some advice in the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789... suggests that prayer, singing of hymns of praise and maybe a trip to the church might give them a traditional Thanksgiving Day?


 12:50 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Are we all on the same page as to what kind of "football"? :)


 1:22 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)



Don't forget the fixins:

Egg nog
Pumpkin Pie
Mashed potatoes
Pumpkin pie
Squash (preferably butternut squash, but a nice oat-stuffed acorn squash would be nice))
Various veggies (corn, green or wax beans, peas, carrots, etc..)
Bread. Mmmmmm bread.
Pumpkin pie
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie

Oh, did I mention pumpkin pie?

One thing I love about this time of year is that the Cheesecake factory has their pumpkin pie cheesecake. Sounds gross, but it is the best.

Are we all on the same page as to what kind of "football"? :)

Rugby for our non-American buddies. :)


 1:53 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

and draggar, you will be (exactly) where on thursday?


 8:54 am on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your help.

Everything is now well advanced and we are looking forward to the festivities
Pumpkin pie is the only notable omission as it appears that the pumpkins
we get here aren't the "right ones". Beats me but that's what we have been told.
Yes, it's Rugby down here rather than gridiron football and I know what you mean by sports in the backyard.

Bit of a panic when it was realised my beer fridge, which was entrusted with the Turkey defrosting, was set way to low for anything to happen. (calibrated to a recommended drinking temperature). Anyhow the hole left when the Turkey was moved out will be filled by some Miller Beers an merican favorite I'm told.

Thanks again for the suggestions and a happy thanksgiving to all.


 12:51 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanksgiving's at my house this year. I'll make sure there are enough frisbees and nerf footballs. I go all out when it comes to cheap entertainment. :)


 2:00 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Miller Beers

corporate swill.
a complete waste of presumably potable water...


 2:26 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

What I like about Thanksgiving is that it is not patriotic or religious

I wholeheartedly agree! I am not religious and I hate the hypocrisy of xmas time and other religious holidays. I suppose the only thing close to it that we have in the UK is New Year (not forgetting bank holidays).

Happy thanks giving to all you Yanks! Have a great weekend.


 2:38 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

The anthem will doubtlessly be appreciated, but it's not generally considered part of the Thanksgiving festivities here. You need a green-bean casserole of some kind (green beans in mushroom sauce is the usual) and you may want some nice bread, lettuce and potato chips for a light evening meal of turkey sandwiches.

I didn't see that you mentioned dinner rolls, stuffing, mashed potatoes or gravy. All four are essential to the American Thanksgiving. Preferably, all are homemade.

You may want to immediately precede dinner with a brief time of people mentioning things that they're thankful for. This reflective custom is somewhat ritualistic in many families, and since it tends to be personal, it can be a little uncomfortable if everybody doesn't know everybody else very well. However, it can also be very meaningful as well. Play this one by ear, and be ready to lead off by listing one or two of your own "thankfuls" if you decide to do this.

Regarding the pie, turkey and pumpkin pie are what typify Thanksgiving for most Americans. Some people don't care for turkey, but everyone likes the pie. Therefore, although your guests will merely take it for granted if you have a pumpkin pie, the absence of one will stand out. If you can't get a pumpkin pie for love or money, then at least find a picture of one and bring it out at dessert time, laughing a little as you explain that the real thing simply isn't available. They'll understand then and everything will be fine, but you should at least mention the pie if your goal is to really give your friends an American experience. (Apple pie and ice cream should be a good substitute for a pumpkin pie.)

There really is a difference in pumpkins. Pumpkins for eating are a light, ugly orange-beige color on the outside and a rich, dark orange-brown on the inside. Decorative pumpkins are the familiar bright orange outside, but they're very bitter and no good for eating.


 2:52 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

The anthem isn't necessary, because you should have memorized it by now - common courtesy requires you to sing it on demand throughout the day.


 4:07 pm on Nov 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Would it not be more interesting for your guests to prepare a thanksgiving dinner UK style? I mean they know too well what a thanksgiving dinner looks like. Perhaps they would appreciate the turkey and trimmings being done "a la UK"?

When I am in a foreign country I much prefer to eat in the local style than have them try to prepare food like I eat at home. I mean who really needs roast beef and Yorkshires on the Mediterranean?


 3:25 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

common courtesy requires you to sing it on demand throughout the day.

HAHA That's great! haha... All this talk about Thanksgiving is making me drool. A holiday focused on getting fatter... I love it! ;)

[edited by: SEOMike at 3:25 pm (utc) on Nov. 21, 2007]


 3:40 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

roast beef and yorkshires

YORKSHIRES? [puppydogweb.com]



 8:19 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes, Football is the key. Lots of Football.

Durham_e, since you will be hosting your dinner before the games start here is something you can do.

Buy a bunch of lion stuffed animals and have your quests take turns hitting and kicking them.

Beating the crap out of the Lions is becoming a Thanksgiving Day tradition :)

Statement is politicly correct, unfortunately I am a Detroit Lions fan :(


 9:15 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

> yorkshires

> lion stuffed animals

Ok, just so I have this straight, BDW likes to eat little dogs & plush toys now use Panthera leo as a stuffing, right?


 9:23 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

I encourage all British WW members to "get stuffed" this holiday season.


 10:17 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yorkshires in this context are Yorkshire puddings ;)



 10:44 pm on Nov 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

> Yorkshires in this context are Yorkshire puddings

Riiight... It would be even more believable if you flossed those stray hairs outta yer teeth. ;)

Next, I'm sure, someone will try to tell me that a - Ahem! - Spotted Richard [en.wikipedia.org] is something to look forward to!


 8:23 am on Nov 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

That's your dessert ;)

(Lovely by the way)


 11:09 pm on Nov 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

Just to say that everything went very well here and as probably one of the first thanksgivings globally I think we got it off to a pretty good start.

Thanks to WebmasterWorld for its advice and guidance

We realised we were a little astray in thinking of Thanksgiving as necessarily patriotic, although
our American guests did seem to enjoy our playing of the Stars and Stripes as they came in the door.

Also thanks to WebmasterWorld for preparing us so that we could get the thanksgiving part right.
For anyone who hasn't experienced this before its a terrific idea.
You don't have to be religious to once a year consider what you have to be thankful for.
It turned out to be a mix of humour and genuine thankfulness

No Pumpkin pie but a visitor had come with corn bread, and the cranberry sauce was as good as anyone could remember with the Millers tasting very agreeable after about the third one.

Thanks again for the tips and hope everyone had as pleasant an occasion as we did.


 12:01 am on Nov 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you enjoyed it that much, celebrate the Yule next month! Feast to Thor! :)

BTW - My sister in law brought over pumpkin cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.


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