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A look at how Americans celebrate the US Thanksgiving – the favourite holiday of the Duchess of Sussex

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Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, which just happens to be the favourite holiday of the Duchess of Sussex who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. And no doubt, this is a holiday she will make sure Archie, and any siblings he may have, celebrate.

So, how do Americans celebrate the holiday?

Many watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving morning either on television or in-person in New York City before gathering with friends or family for a large meal to give thanks for all they are thankful for.

What are the usual dishes on a Thanksgiving table? Well, it varies depending on where you live in the United States. Turkey and pumpkin pie are traditions that will be seen throughout the country while side dishes will be different depending on the culture.

I’m from Tennessee, so I can only speak for what the traditions are for my family and the southern United States. A typical meal here has turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn, rolls, any type of casserole you can think of, sweet tea, pumpkin pie, etc. With the Duchess of Sussex being from California, I’m willing to bet her table looks rather different than mine on Thanksgiving day. However, she does have some Tennesee roots going back a couple of generations on her mother’s side, so maybe a few things have passed down.

In some places, time spent with family also includes playing football (the American kind) out in the yard either before or after the meal and/or watching a National Football League (NFL) game on television.

In the past several years, Thanksgiving evening has also become the beginning of the Christmas shopping season with stores opening around 6.00 pm with a wide range of discounts. Many families load up and go to different stores after eating together to shop and enjoy some more time with one another.

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers!

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.