My First Thanksgiving in the US


The fourth Thursday of November – exactly one week after our French Beaujolais Nouveau – the entire United States celebrates Thanksgiving. There’s no way you can avoid it: the country seems to stop living for one day, it used to be a real day off as everything was closed. Slowly, « Black Friday » has crept into Thursday and more and more businesses are open on Thanksgiving. Stores like Best Buy, J.C. Penney and ToysRUs now open in the afternoon, directly during prime turkey time.

« Black Thursday » seems to be a more appropriate name.

The main purpose of Thanksgiving is to spend time with family and friends and enjoy an amazing meal together: turkey, smash potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and stuffing. Mmmmmm!

Another big tradition families share is football. Three games are aired in succession with families huddled around TVs to watch which team will win enormous turkey dinners (the turkeys are suspiciously huge).

This year the Chicago Bears played against the Green Bay Packers in the final Prime Time game. The spectacle became the most watched prime time game ever! According to the Chicago Tribune more than 57 million people tuned in for the Thanksgiving night cap.

Before heading home, Ryan and I stopped by Best Buy so I could experience the frenzy of « Black Friday » shoppers. It was quite an experience. The store was busy, and the aisles were heaped with discounted electronics, games, computers, movies and music. It’s hard to know if the « deals » were of great value but the atmosphere certainly created the feeling.



Over to you, what do like the most about Thanksgiving?


Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.


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