I'm sure most of you are spending Thanksgiving with family and/or friends. Perhaps some of you will head to the movies or are heading to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.
I'm heading up to Mary's in Massachussetts. My side dish responsibility is sweet potato casserole, my specialty! I am REALLY looking forward to a day of good food, good drink and the greatest company. Maybe I'll even get some bagpipe tunes out of the deal. (One can hope!)
As settlers arrived in North America, late autumn Thanksgiving celebrations became common. New immigrants—such as the Irish, Scottish, and Germans—added their own traditions to the harvest celebrations.
I've often wondered how some of my Scottish-American friends planned to celebrate Thanksgiving, so I've asked a few!
Georgia: Massachusetts ~ Singer, The Highland Divas ~ She plans to spend Thanksgiving with her immediate family in Mass and cooking traditional American dinner. She, however, goes full British with Turkey, mini sausages and sage and Onion stuffing for Christmas.
Lachlan: New Jersey/Kathmandu, Nepal ~ "So, like many generations of Scots, I've left home to find my find my fortune. Right now I'm based in Kathmandu, Nepal. And although I was born in the US and grew up there, because my mother is Scottish, our Thanksgiving celebration has always had a few twists to it. Most notably, we have "tatties and neeps" prepared in the Scottish style, as opposed to the more traditional American root vegetables on the table. And dessert usually has shortbread, along with the pumpkin and pecan pies. Also, in our family's meal, the preferred digestif is always single-malt whisky, preferably Glenmorangie. This year, my wife and I have traveled one country over to Chennai, India to be with close friends (whom I served with previously in Indonesia and Pakistan) on Thanksgiving since the trip home is so far (35 hours). We've brought them sweet potatoes...and of course, a bottle of Glenmorangie. "
David: Massachusetts ~ Pipe Major ~ David is heading to Australia today, Wednesday, to compete with his Grade 1 band, City of Whitehorse. He "doesn't like the fact that I won't be here for Thanksgiving, but once you commit it's 100% or nothing!"
So, perhaps a Scottish toast is in order to celebrate the day that brings so many together with their great traditions. Cheers to all of you and Happy Thanksgiving!