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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.
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.
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.
Don't forget the fixins:
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 :(
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!
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.