Popular Thanksgiving Traditions

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Thanksgiving is a hugely popular holiday for North Americans. Not only is it a time for extended family to get together and catch up on the year, but also an excuse to eat a lot of food. Here are the top 5 Thanksgiving traditions.

Before the Food

When all the family is gathered around the table and about ready to eat, families often spend time saying what they are thankful for. Some religious families often attend a church service beforehand and will begin the meal with a thankful prayer.

The Food

Thanksgiving food is associated with turkey, stuffing, and many side dishes and desserts to accompany the overwhelming amount of food that is available. One of the odd dishes that is extremely popular is the green bean casserole which contains a mix of soggy green beans, mushroom soup and a sprinkling of fried onions on top.

The Turkey

While there are over 50 million turkeys that become dinner on this day, there is always one that is saved. Every Thanksgiving there is an official Turkey Pardoning that takes place in the White House’s Rose Garden and started officially in 1989 by George HW Bush. The National Turkey Federation present the President with one turkey that will live out the rest of its days at the George Washington Family Estate.

After Food

Once all the food is eaten and the dishes are washed up, it is time to relax and possibly snooze in front of the television. One of the most popular things to watch is American Football which was traditionally a match between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. Earlier in the day many will watch the popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC which is full of music, floats and entertainment.

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