Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving


So we don't have Thanksgiving in England because we didn't steal our country and stuff, but it sounds pretty nice! All the blogs I read are going on about it- it seems like Thanksgiving is the big family time and then Christmas is more friends? Either way, it sounds pretty fun! The dinner sounds like a regular British christmas dinner to me. Do you have sprouts with it? That would be a fun project- christmas dinners around the world. I love me some cultural differences facts.

The other day I was in Selfridges food hall (for the uninitiated, Selfridges is sort of like Saks or Barneys or some other upscale fancy pants department store), and they had a bunch of american food there like hersheys chocolate sauce and (adorably!) Betty Crocker's cake mix packs! It made me imagine lonely rich americans who are randomly in london at thanksgiving who shop for food at Selfridges.

It would be nice if there were some more things to gather around and be familial about this time of year- the coldness makes everyone want to stay indoors and sleep and gain 2 stone, so it would be nice if there were some more societally endorsed events which everyone did like thanksgiving. There should definitely be one around the middle of February I think, to break up the stretch of misery before Spring.

I'm excited for all you peeps who are having your TG this thursday (it is Thursday right?)
much loves!
B


I don't know why I wrote this like it was an email

21 comments:

Alexei said...

"because we didn't steal our country and stuff"
I hope our American friends won't be offended by this, but it's brilliantly said. :D

Jim B said...

Thanksgiving is the American Harvest Festival. And yes, it's time for a little gluttony. (You can't be good all the time.) Perhaps Thanksgiving is more popular in America because it is a national holiday. The theme for the Thanksgiving Dinner is native foods so you don't see sprouts much if at all.

Colin said...

the colonists (British) took land by conquest from the Indians; then, the colonists revolted from their Mother Country, et voila, America. we're your Frankenstein! further, land acquisition via conquest was considered perfectly legal by most, if not all, western european countries at the time. in subsequent takings, we were only following your lead.
NB: at the first Thanksgiving, they didn't eat turkey. in fact, they didn't eat much of anything we now eat for Thanksgiving. the original meal consisted mostly of rocks, twigs, and BLOOD!

mhr said...

those turkey cupcakes are really cute, where did you find that?

Steve said...

I've spent most of the weekend and up until this morning watching all of your video's, which I have to say is not something I thought I would normally do. I can't remember which one I saw first. Sexy Phil getting a Poppy was most likely the high point for me. I have also looked at most of your blog, and I'm pretty sure that you really like the US, so I have to ask, Have you had a bad day????
Oh by the way I just live in Suffolk. -_- Steve.

Steve said...

I've spent most of the weekend and up until this morning watching all of your video's, which I have to say is not something I thought I would normally do. I can't remember which one I saw first. Sexy Phil getting a Poppy was most likely the high point for me. I have also looked at most of your blog, and I'm pretty sure that you really like the US, so I have to ask, Have you had a bad day????
Oh by the way I just live in Suffolk. -_- Steve.

RnB said...

Thanksgiving or Christmas is very Family and Friends interchangeably and together.

Canadian Thanksgiving is in October though. I think it coincides with...Columbus day in the U.S.?

not sure

psycoticsinginchick said...

It's different for everyone, I'm sure. And it's mostly lost it's value and meaning much like everything else. But basically, Thanksgiving is the poor version of Christmas. Thanksgiving is for remembering what you have to be thankful for, and remembering that things could be much worse. While Christmas is for kids to want more than what they have, and give gifts to people who have too much anyway.

In my experience, Thanksgiving is more friends, and Christmas is more family, but that's mostly because my uncle has a serious problem with sharing Christmas with people outside the family. I think if you can share either holiday with someone less fortunate, it's the perfect time to share food with the homeless and give clothes to the poor.

Scott said...

Hey, the US has got nothing on Britain in terms of country stealing.
Let's see, the Romans invaded England and stole it from the Celts, the Anglo-Saxons invaded England and stole it in the 5th Century. And then the Normans invaded in 1066 and stole it from them. All of that eventually led to the British Empire, which was nothing but country stealing.

Pablo Kickasso said...

Fun Fact: Great Britain invented the turkey!

ZombieJesus said...

Yes but Mexico/ Central America made them domesicated pets.

Who stole N.Ireland ahh wait that was a religious thing so it must be ok

JustJordan said...

hahah you're so cute
I love you Bryony

jordan

Nunya said...

most people I know spend Turkey-day with friends.

Dec. 25th and the last Thursday of November are pretty much the only two days that a majority of Americans have off. Rip the meaning of the holiday all you will, but it's only natural that we get together.

bdunn said...

Hey Bryony, I've put together a few fun facts in which you might enjoy about your American counterparts. First of all, we don't consider ourselves as stealing the country. Ntive culture is amazing and respected by 'some'. Some of my friends are a quarter or an eighth 'indian'. They have certain rights in owning endagered bird feathers and what not. they are very noble and full of pride of their background even though they appear mostly white. It was when the Brits came over here and the winter month approched, that Thanksgiving origninated. Imagine going outin the woods and builing a stick shelter in the cold without food. The Indians came forth with deer meat, turkey, and vegetables for a 'cornicopia of food in which the celebration began. It was to celebrate a harvest and not to starve, Imagine the happiness of the bounty. The date we celebrate has been adjusted by Lincoln (i think) so that it is between harvest and Chrismas. I think that Christmas is the most important holiday in the US and Thanksgiving and Easter come in second and third. Fourth of July is prolly fourth. For Dinner we usually have a 5 lb ham a 9 lb turkey and about 10 side dishes. Christmas dinner is a bit less. This feeds 6. Easter is just a ham, and about 6 sides. The fact that I cannot fix my gram errors is pissing me off. Check out Magformers for a gift idea. Our xmas is very german and very dif than the spanish version.

NusaCat said...

Calories don't count on holidays, right?

Allann. said...

"because we didn't steal our country and stuff"
lmao love et!
I saw all the American foodish things in Selfridges too! I went to the one in central london so snap if you went to that one too!
Happy Tahnkgiving America (tad late)
Allanxx

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jadedconformist said...

Yeah - I think it's funny that they paint this picture of us having dinner with the Native Americans almost as if to assuage their guilt. But still - I don't mind huddling together with my family and overeating at least once a year, as long as I remind myself not to be fooled by the propaganda bs.

Gothguy said...

Leaving aside the PC speak, Thanksgiving is indeed a time to give thanks for all of our friends and family who have gathered around for the feast, and to be thankful for our blessings.

John said...

I have never wanted turkey more!

Shep said...

lool you're very offensive on many terms, that's probably why most people dislike your YouTube videos. Try to be more sensitive on subjects that you shouldn't brooch on? Lool anyway.