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Thanksgiving - one of the most important holidays in the US
Every year Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays in the US. It is always on the fourth Thursday in November and it’s the busiest travel time – as everyone wants to celebrate this holiday with his or her families.
In 1620 the Pilgrims left England for America and they set foot at Plymouth Rock. The first winter in their new home country was very hard and a lot of people died. They had help from the Native Americans who planted food with them and helped them to get to know the land. With the help, the harvest was a success and the people celebrated with a big meal.
What do they eat?
The meal the pilgrims had back in 1620 is still part of today’s Thanksgiving. A lot of things they ate back then are still on the table today like the turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
If you type in “Thanksgiving dinner” into a search engine you will find a lot of delicious recipes J - you will realise it is all about the turkey.
By the way the President of the United States pardons one Thanksgiving turkey every year. This started in 1863 under President Lincoln when the turkey he was given as a present and well….kind of ran away. That’s the story anyway.
But it seems that President Kennedy was the one who started the pardon, where he let the turkey live instead of having it for Thanksgiving dinner. Since then, all the Presidents after Kennedy, have been sending their presentation turkey to a farm where the turkeys can live a happy live.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Maybe you have seen it in the movie “22nd street” or in German “Das Wunder von Manhattan”, Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is the biggest day parade on Thanksgiving. You can see giant balloons, marching band and some famous singers. This year John Legend (All of me) will be part of the parade. Macy’s is one of the biggest department store chains in America. You can find them all over the country and you can buy everything from clothes over towels to pots there.
You can live stream it hear on November the 22nd.:
Black Friday – The iconic shopping day
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is the official start of the Christmas shopping season. On that day you can find a lot of good deal in nearly every department store. You can safe a lot of money because they have special offers and some people even wait for hours in front of a store to be the first ones. Crazy!
Even in Germany a lot of stores, especially online stores, started to have Black Friday deals. So happy shopping! J
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War is over – the 100th Armistice Day or Remembrance Day is commemorated
On 11th November countries such as Canada, the United States of America and Great Britain remember the end of the first major human catastrophe in modern times, the end of the Great War as it was widely called. The peace treaty was signed amongst the allied forces in Versailles 100 years ago. Unfortunately, this contract could not bring back the lives of those who had fought and died for their countries. As a symbol of peace, respect and honour, poppies are, as every year, laid down in order to remember the deceased appropriately and at 11.11 a minute of silence shall be held throughout the whole country.
The BBC broadcasts the commemoration on Sunday!
Did you know that a famous poem about the unprecedented atrocities exists. It was written by a Canadian poet and doctor who served as Lieutenant Colonel in WWI. His name was John McCrae. He did not survive the war, his lines, instead, have become immortal. They form the poem “In Flanders fields”.
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This time I´d like to provide you with a link which, when clicking on it, informs you about a man called Guy Fawkes.
Remember, remember, the 5th November!
It is a really thrilling story that deals with Catholics, Protestants, the King of England, the Parliament and a gunpowder plot…
By the way, you can also read the story in our schoolbook „Headlight 2“!
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The 31st October comes closer. Maybe some of you already know the meaning of that day.
However, let me tell you that it is not only about scary costumes, pumpkins, tricking or treating.
Please go to
to find out more!