Historically, Thanksgiving in America was a day to thank god for a successful harvest. Today the holiday is all about food (especially turkey), parades and American football, with maybe a Pilgrim or Native American on the side.
Thanksgiving is on the second Monday of October in Canada, and the fourth Thursday in November in America.
Celebrating Thanksgiving in Australia
And why not! It's up to you whether you want to use the Canadian or American date.
Thanksgiving Party Products & Decorations
Common decorations in America like pumpkins, fall (autumn) leaves and indian corn may be hard to find, but you could try making your own. Kids could have fun making handprint turkeys. Have them trace one hand on blank white paper, draw a face on the thumb and color the fingers like colorful feathers. The turkeys can be used to decorate the house. (see one here)
- Make Thanksgiving/fall placemats by collecting variously shaped leaves from around your home. Paint one side of the leaves with acrylic paint in fall colors (brown, yellow, orange, red) and place them paint-side-down onto plain cloth placemats. Remove the leaves and set aside to dry before using.
Thanksgiving Food Ideas
Thanksgiving is almost a practice for Christmas. Fortunately most ingredients are in the shops already – and cheaper now than on Christmas Eve.
- Apple Pie
- Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Pie – use that pumpkin from Halloween!