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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Trends

Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Trends Many Americans may think of Thanksgiving as the most traditional time of year, from the turkey to the stuffing to the cranberry sauce, with the parade and football game on in the background, it is a surefire celebration day each year. Some also resist some of the newer traditions that seem to be forced on us, such as Black Friday shopping hours starting on Thanksgiving. Amidst keeping long standing traditions alive, this holiday evolves as people make it their own ways to celebrate. Think past the feast and explore some of these non-traditional Thanksgiving trends:
  • Friendsgiving: This term has become increasing popular to describe an event held around Thanksgiving but not always on the day of. Especially among young working adults who cannot afford to travel home to see family for both Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, it works well when one friend opens their home to host the event and everyone else brings a dish.
    These young adults are choosing Thanksgiving, the “smaller” holiday, to spend with their local friends by entertaining one another through a pot luck type party. Read what Friendsgiving attendees say about their newly establish twist on the break: Washington Post: Friendsgiving, a New Tradition to be Thankful For.
  • Untraditional Foods: For a modern take on this holiday and for those tired of turkey (or tired of turkey making them tired), there are other options. Some other ideas (besides the ever present alternative that is pizza) with a similar “comfort food” feeling to the same old same old, are creamy cheese grits, roasted sweet potato and okra salad, or sweet potato gratin with chile-spiced pecans. Click here for more non-traditional side dishes.
  • Vegan Thanksgiving: You can still have the Thanksgiving traditions if you’re going vegetarian or vegan! Try pumpkin pot pie with White kidney beans, Butternut Squash Baked Risotto or Thai-Spiced Pumpkin Soup. See 30 other ideas here.
  • Superlative Thanksgiving Getaways: Thinking of ditching the big turkey dinner with the in-laws? Because if you’re going to skip dinner at Nana’s, you’d better have a good reason. But there is no reason to stay put on a long weekend off. Escape to somewhere tropical, historic or foreign. For ideas of where to spend this November 26th see
  • Other Nations Celebrating Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving isn't just an American holiday. Canada celebrates Turkey Day, too - and it was the first country to do so. Canadian Thanksgiving, which falls on the second Monday in October, was first celebrated by the arctic explorer Martin Frobisher in 1578 - more than 40 years before the Pilgrims arrived. Besides Canadians, other nationalities from Australians to Europeans, often try their hand at setting out a great feast complete with the pumpkin pie. From China to Rome, you can find out some of the things others do to make merry:

Does dinner take place Thursday evening or a different time throughout the weekend? What is your “home” culture on the last Thursday of November? Have any non-traditional Thanksgiving customs of your own? Share them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear them!

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