Every year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans all over the world celebrate Thanksgiving. The ‘holiday’ sees people gathering with their loved ones to indulge in that famous turkey dinner, a bit like Christmas but without the presents. With Americans on social media talking about all the things they’re thankful for in the past year, we Brits can feel a bit left out.

However, as many as one in six Britons now celebrate the day. So, if you’re one of those people or you fancy becoming one of those people today, we’ve pooled together some of the coolest, most interesting and most delicious-sounding traditions from Thanksgiving for you to try.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual giant balloon parade has been taking place in Manhattan, New York, since 1924.  More than 3 million people line the route to catch a glimpse of the famous balloons, including the Pillsbury Doughboy, Ronald McDonald and Charlie Brown, up close, while around 50 million people watch the parade on the television. While it’s a bit late to jump on a plane for this year’s parade, there’s always next year or you could catch some of the television coverage!

Candied Sweet Potatoes

It may seem a bit strange to us, but a popular side dish to accompany the turkey during a Thanksgiving dinner is candied yams, or sweet potatoes as we’d call them. The recipe sees soft sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and baked in the oven. Yum!

Watching American Football

Households across the States sit down to watch three NFL games traditionally played on Thanksgiving, with many even heading outside for their own game. Other than cup finals, there isn’t really a comparison over here, so why not adopt an NFL team and join in on the rivalry?

Oyster Stuffing

When you think of stuffing, you’re likely to think of sage and onion, right? Well, on Thanksgiving many Americans take their stuffing up a notch, making it with oysters. While this might seem like quite an extravagant way to make stuffing, oysters weren’t always as lucrative as they are now; in fact, they used to be found in abundance. All you need to do is to add chopped raw oysters and their liquor to ordinary stuffing and bake in the oven.

Turducken

For most of us, a turkey dinner is enough for such a special occasion, however, on Thanksgiving, some Americans go all out and feast on turducken. Rather than being a strange poultry-hybrid, it’s, in fact, a duck stuffed inside a chicken inside of a turkey. After filling up on all that you might not be able to stomach the traditional pumpkin pie dessert.

Give Thanks

We’re often so busy with modern life that it can be difficult to find the time to take a break and reflect on the things we’re thankful for. Take a leaf out of the Americans’ book and think about the things you’re grateful for this year – whether it was that trip abroad or getting a new job, it all counts!

So, Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers! Why not let us know if you’ve got any traditions we should try in the comments below?

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