“Turkey Day” is here again. It is her favourite holiday and her first time celebrating it as an official member of the British Royal Family. The American holiday of Thanksgiving will have a place among royals this year in the United Kingdom.
American born Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has spoken in the past about how Thanksgiving is her favourite holiday, and there is no doubt it is being celebrated at Kensington Palace today. Self-proclaimed “foodie” Meghan is sure to be a preparing traditional Thanksgiving meal usually consisting of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie (among other items) for her new family. She even shared an image in 2015 of the turkey she had prepared for that year’s Thanksgiving saying, “Oh, that time I roasted a pretty perfect Thanksgiving turkey! The question is, can I do it again? The pressure is on!”
There has been no confirmation, but it is likely Meghan’s mother has made a trip across the pond to celebrate with her daughter. Who knows? The Prince of Wales (who is known to be very fond of his new daughter-in-law), Duchess of Cornwall and the Cambridges may all be gathered around the dining room table today.
So, for those outside the United States what is Thanksgiving and why is it celebrated?
Always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving brings friends and family together to celebrate the things they are thankful for. Besides celebrating with family and friends, many tune in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning and watch the American National Football League (NFL) games.
The first official Thanksgiving dates back to 1789 nationally. However, American date the “First Thanksgiving” back to 1621 in Plymouth when the pilgrims had settled in the New World and had a harvest with pilgrims and Native Americans – the latter who helped teach the pilgrims how to plant and shared their own crops during the first winter for the pilgrims when what they had brought from England was not enough.
Thanksgiving became a United States federal holiday during the American Civil War in 1863 while President Abraham Lincoln was in office.
To our American readers: Happy Thanksgiving!