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Things To Love About Thanksgiving:

Ah, Thanksgiving. It’s one of the special times in the year where one can eat to their heart’s content, and enjoy quality time with family. Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated in North America, and is also one of the most travelled holidays, with aproximately 42 million travellers packing up and travelling from other cities or countries to share in the holiday near their families. So what exactly is there to love about Thanksgiving? For those wondering what Thanksgiving is, Opodo has come up with 9 reasons to fall in love with the day. Are you ready to take the journey and enjoy a proper Thanksgiving? You will be … read on!

Making Thanksgiving dinner

How big of a turkey do you need? How long should it cook for? What is basting? Making a turkey is tricky business and as the quintessential symbol of Thanksgiving, it can be a stressful process. Not to worry. Keep your wits about you and your head on straight: Just knowing you pulled off Thanksgiving dinner is reward enough!

Mr. Bean has a turkey over his head
Making Thanksgiving Dinner can be challenging, but so much fun!

The turkey

This is the main attraction. Roll up your sleeves and dig in! For which cut of meat to try, we recommend the drumstick. It’s juicy, full of flavor, and with only two to pick, you’d better be quick about getting it first. If and when you do, you’ll be happy you did.

Ron Weaslet from harry Potter eating
Thanksgiving turkey is great!

Everything else on the table

Believe it or not, there’s more to Thanksgiving dinner than the turkey. Other traditional dinner treasures include the cranberry sauce, the smooth pumpkin soup and the savory vegetables are also quite special. Creamy mashed potatoes, anyone?

Eating mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a delicious Thanksgiving side dish

Time spent with family

Even though the food is fantastic and you’ve waited all year for it, Thanksgiving is all about family. Many have travelled far and wide to be together during this time.

Thanksgiving priorities - food first
Thanksgiving priorities,

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Whether you’re watching from the comfort of your home on the telly or you’re watching it live in New York on holiday, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a timeless symbol of the holiday. It starts early Thursday morning and really gets Thanksgiving Day off to a great start!

Santa Claus in Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

Pumpkin Pie

Did you think we’d forget to mention the traditional Thanksgiving dessert? Pumpkin pie only happens once a year. Indulge while you can!

Pumpkin pie served on a plate.
Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a slice of pumpkin pie!

Charlie Brown

Thanksgiving is also about the nostalgia. Many families gather around to watch the classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Classic TV: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Leftovers

Not many fancy eating leftovers, but everyone can appreciate a sandwich made with stuffing, smothered in gravy and piled high with turkey. Thanksgiving leftover sandwhiches are perfect.

Eating a sandwhich
Thanksgiving leftovers are delicious!

Saying Thanks

We’ve saved the best for last: Giving thanks. Aside from the scrumptious delights, the time off from work and the family reunion, this is the heart of the holiday. Go on, give it a try and show gratitude to the ones you love. Say thanks to your best mates, splendid dad, loving mum, sassy sister and proper partner- this is what the holiday is all about.

Saything Thank You
Saying thanks is what Thanksgiving is all about.
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