Thanksgiving Traditions and Facts

With our friends from across the pond celebrating Thanksgiving today we have decided to share with you some of our favourite Thanksgiving recipes and traditions.

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada and the US as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the year that is coming to an end. Together families and friends enjoy a number of Thanksgiving holiday traditions including roast dinners, games and sentimental gifts to show their thanks.

Top 5 Facts about Thanksgiving

  1. Thanksgiving is one of North America’s most celebrated holidays.
  2. Indulgence is the order of the day; more than 50 million turkeys are served up every year in the US.
  3. The very first Thanksgiving in 1621 was celebrated for three days.
  4. The first Thanksgiving feast was made up of lobster, chestnuts, onions, leeks, dried fruit, cabbage, carrots, chicken, rabbit, honey and maple syrup and other items.
  5. Twenty percent of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving.

Macy’s NY Thanksgiving Day Parade

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in the 1920s and is still going strong. It’s the second oldest Thanksgiving parade in the US with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit coming in at first place. The parade takes place around 9am every Thanksgiving in New York, and is definitely worth checking out if you happen to in or around the city.


Giving Thanks

This may be an obvious one for some however giving thanks and sharing grace is what Thanksgiving is all about. Being grateful for what you have and the memories you have created over the past year and all the memories to come in the future.  Traditionallygiving thanks is led by a member family or church and followed by everybody else.

Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

A classic roast isn’t the same without a good selection of roasted veg, whether its carrots or the traditional roast potato here in the UK.


Try out our tasty recipe below with your next roast:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots (about 3/4 pound), cut into 1 1/2-inch thick circles
  • 1 1/2 cups Brussels sprouts (about 1/2 pound), halved
  • 4 cups red bliss potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 3 medium parsnips (about1 pound), cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • Cook for 35-40 mins

Find out more here.

The Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is an absolute must for any Thanksgiving dinner, it simply isn’t a turkey roast without a spoonful. We have the “perfect” cranberry sauce recipe for you to try:

  • Empty a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries into a saucepan.
  • Transfer 1/2 cup to a small bowl.
  • Add 1 cup sugar, 1 strip orange or lemon zest
  • Then add 2 tablespoons water to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst, about 12 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir in the reserved cranberries.
  • Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and cool to room temperature before serving.

Read more here.

B Sunglasses’s Thanksgiving Brunch

Here at the B Sunglasses office we gave thanks for our delicious Thanksgiving brunch, enjoying a selection of sweet treats, pigs in blankets, crisps, salmon pate, crackers and festive sandwiches with fillings from cranberry and brie to turkey and stuffing.

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