Although television screens may make us feel like it, we are not, sadly, all living the LA dream over in America, with our posh cars driving down palm tree-d roads.
However, we thought this would be a great opportunity (since we are constantly immersed in their on-screen cultures) to explore what this wonderfully popular holiday called thanksgiving is all about, and how America celebrates it.
So, let’s go back to the basics. Thanksgiving is basically a day where people give thanks for the blessing of the harvest. In the US, this all began when Pilgrims and Puritans who emigrated from England in the 1620s, carrying with them the tradition of fasting and days of Thanksgiving. So, similar to the Harvest Festival here in England, the US adopted their own days of thanks for the food the harvest brings.
This year, though, things look slightly different. With thanksgiving rooted around this idea of family, blood or chosen, Coronavirus has taken this opportunity to congregate with the ones you love. Official guidelines advise against travelling, but, of course, have said that, if one does decide to, they must get their flu shot, always wear a mask on public transport, wash hands on the regular, and stay at least 6 feet apart from everyone.
Celebrating virtually, or, with the ones you live with, is the best advice to follow, though. But, alternatively, the meal could be hosted outside, with a limited number of guests who bring their own food, plates, and cutlery.
Of course, these guidelines do not make up for the fact that so many families will not be able to celebrate this holiday together.
So, can you guess what we’re going to say? Come and celebrate with us, on Stitcht! Show us your make-shift thanksgiving meals, or just jump on the reel to offer some support for all the families who cannot be together this thanksgiving.
Oh, one more thing though, guys, don’t forget to #bereel.