Thanksgiving. It’s a word – a holiday – that everyone in the UK is aware of thanks to American TV shows and movies. It is from those media that we have been made to understand that Thanksgiving happens before Christmas, that it involves a huge amount of food (including some tempting turkey dishes and some rather interesting pies), and that it is when American families get together to celebrate.
But celebrate what exactly? And why?
This huge national holiday does not have a set date, but rather is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It’s not an ancient holiday like Christmas – it has only actually been part of the annual calendar since Federal legislation was passed in 1941 – but it has been taken to the nation’s heart, and is for many Americans a more important day than the festive period that follows hot on its heels.
Thanksgiving was all about giving thanks for the bountiful harvest that had grown during the summer. Although farmers and food producers still recognise its original heritage, most Americans now view it as a day to share home cooked meals (turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and a plethora of other treats and delicacies which differ from state to state), spend time with one another, and watch football on TV.
There are also a number of annual – and famous – parades up and down the country, with the most well-known bring the Macy’s parade in New Your City. It only lasts for 2.5 miles, but over that small distance an average of two to three million spectators line the streets.
Just as Boxing Day and its fantastic sales follows Christmas Day in the UK, Black Friday and its incredible bargains is the day after Thanksgiving. This marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, with many people waiting until this day before they even think about purchasing anything for their friends and family. The discounts offered on pretty much everything on Black Friday are huge, and can be up to 75% or more on normally pretty pricey items such as electrical goods and accessories. Shops often open at 4 or 5am (some even open at midnight), and the queues literally stretch around the block.
And increasingly, the UK’s shops are beginning to drop their prices on Black Friday too. So although we miss out on the turkey and pie, we are able to save a fortune on all manner of things.
If you don’t fancy queuing for hours, or leaving your warm bed at silly o’clock to do so, you can still grab a bargain – at UK Curtains and Interiors we are offering a huge 20% Off all our products to say thanks for being such great customers all year round. Come and browse online and beat the crowds!
By Lisamarie Lamb