Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of every November.
It’s a public holiday and originated as a harvest festival celebrated by the pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World.
If you ask my daughter what her favorite part about Thanksgiving is, she would answer with “food!” However, setting aside some time to ponder, celebrating everyone’s blessing, and giving thanks is equally important as sharing a celebration feast with our family and friends.
My husband served in the United States Army for 20 years. Since 1994, my husband has not celebrated Thanksgiving with his family. He also hasn’t always celebrated Thanksgiving with us because often he was deployed or gone on temporary duty (TDY). Therefore, each Thanksgiving he has been able to spend with us, I tried to make it extra-special cooking his favorite foods and inviting the ones closest to us: our f(r)amily.
Some of our Thanksgiving foods include traditions from Germany and the United States. We cook a turducken, mushroom gravy, corn on the cob, and Serviettenknödel. For dessert we have a pecan pie or homemade coconut pumpkin ice-cream. My husband retired from active duty in 2014. We often celebrate this holiday with our military friends because frankly we don’t know it any other way.
Germany’s Thanksgiving is called Erntedank, which literally translated means harvest thanks and gives away the traditional meaning of celebrating the end of harvest and the beginning of the winter season.
The small village I grew up in usually has a celebration where all tractors and trailers are decorated and driven through town with music, singing, and dancing followed by a festival with food, drinks, and rides for the children. Traditionally it’s on the first weekend in October and I always enjoyed it growing up!
Are there any Thanksgiving traditions where you are from? I invite you to share your Thanksgiving traditions with me in the comments.