Jo: Hi, everybody. Welcome. I'm Jo and I'm here with Kirk today to talk about Thanksgiving. So, Kirk, we don't really celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, so I don't know much about it. Can you tell us? What's it all about?
Kirk: Well, it's an important holiday in the US, and in Canada as well, and it's always the fourth Thursday of November and it's a time when you get together with family and friends and share a big meal together, and the idea behind it is being thankful for all the things that you have, basically, and the people that you're with.
Jo: Right, OK. And tell us more about the dinner. What's the traditional food?
Kirk: Well, the centrepiece is traditionally a stuffed turkey – a turkey stuffed with spiced bread. There's lots of other dishes that are typical, like mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, roast vegetables, erm, there really is a lot of freedom there, but the centrepiece is usually the turkey.
Jo: Mmm, I could honestly eat that right now! So, this is a tradition that you've actually exported from the United States to where you live now in Spain, is that right?
Kirk: That's right. Yeah, we celebrate every year. Occasionally we've had family make the trip over from the US, we've had family from around here, but mostly lots of friends, some of them American, some of them from here, some of them from other places, and, yeah, we do it every year. It's a good time.
Jo: Lucky friends. And what's your record for the number of people you've cooked for?
Kirk: Oh, yeah, we had 27 or 28 people a few years ago.
Jo: Wow. Wow!
Kirk: Yeah. It was a lot of work, but it was a great time.
Jo: Yeah, OK, so that is a lot of people coming together and it's all about eating food, sharing together and celebrating people.
Jo: And things. The good things in life.
Kirk: Exactly. Appreciating the people that you have in your life and all of that.
Jo: OK. OK, thank you so much for telling us about Thanksgiving. I'll speak to you later on. Thanks, Kirk.
Kirk: All right. Thank you.
Thanksgiving is a big national holiday in the US and Canada. In this video, Jo talks to Kirk about how Thanksgiving is celebrated. Watch the video to find out what it's all about.
As you heard in the video, Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday in November in the US. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. For most Americans and Canadians, it is a day for coming together with family and friends to share a large meal. The idea is to spend time with loved ones and to feel thankful for the people and good things in our lives. In many households there is a tradition of everyone sharing what they are most grateful for.
Thanksgiving is also about food. As Kirk mentioned, the dinner traditionally includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and, for dessert, apple, pumpkin or pecan pies. Every family has its own recipes, sometimes secret recipes handed down through generations. Turkey, a bird native to North America, is the unofficial mascot of Thanksgiving, with roast turkey on the menu and turkey decorations on the wall.
If you want to read more, check out the Thanksgiving page in our Magazine.
Over to you
- Have you learned anything new about Thanksgiving from the video?
- Would you enjoy cooking Thanksgiving food for people as they do in Kirk's house? Why or why not?