When is Thanksgiving This Year?

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It’s not yet around the corner but if you want to make plans ahead of time for Thanksgiving this year, it’s best to know when it will be exactly. Thanksgiving is an annual holiday that is celebrated every fourth Thursday in November. So Thanksgiving this year will be on November 23, 2017.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the things that you have and appreciate the people around you. At this time, families gather and remember friends as well.

Origins of Thanksgiving

To better understand our celebrations of thanksgiving this year, it would be helpful to know its origins and why we celebrate it in the first place.

It was originally a harvest festival. It was first celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. The Pilgrims or Pilgrim Fathers were the early European settlers in the present day Massachusetts in the US. The New World is a name for the Americas in the 16th Century. The feast lasted for three days and there were at least 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.

For two centuries and more, Thanksgiving was celebrated by individual colonies and states. And in 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it as a national holiday to be celebrated every November.

The Turkey

As you plan on what to prepare for Thanksgiving this year, it’s great to know why we eat certain foods as a tradition for this holiday.

The Pilgrims celebrated their bountiful harvest with the Native Americans with a feast. But if we will stick to the facts, it’s not originally turkey that they ate. It was venison. Over the years, tukey has been the centerpiece because it was more practical than serving chicken and cows. It was Sarah Josepha Hale who introduced the concept in her book where roast turkey is the main dish together with stuffing and gravy.

Food on Thanksgiving

Today, we serve turkey together with other traditional foods to celebrate it. If you’re planning what to serve for Thanksgiving this year, here are some ideas that you can try. Of course, it has to go with the perfect sidings. Here are some of the best Thanksgiving side dishes.

  • Turkey

    Of course, we can’t do without the turkey. There are many ways to cook this for Thanksgiving this year. You can roast it or fry it. A great herb and butter roasted turkey is perfect with some apple walnut stuffing. You can also add sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole with fried Shallots. For roast turkey, here are the top 10 best electric roasters.

  • Salads

    You can also serve salads for Thanksgiving this year. Collard and Brussel sprout salad is perfect. This is a great twist on traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

  • Sauces

    You have a lot of options when choosing the sauce of your turkey. You can have spiced cranberry sauce with orange star anise. There is also cornbread dressing and citrus cranberry sauce.

  • Desserts

    Complete your celebrations with great desserts. You can serve toffee crunch cake, spiced pumpkin latte cheesecake, or mocha cream pie. There’s also the option for pecan pie.

Whatever you decide to prepare, the most important thing to remember for Thanksgiving this year is the very reason we celebrate. Think of all the things you are grateful for and live it not only on Thanksgiving but for the rest of the year.

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