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I’d like to throw a Thanks Giving Dinner for my family this year, (isolation rules permitted) but I have no idea where to start. What is mandatory at Thanks Giving dinner? I have turkey and pumpkin pie on my list, but thats it!


Posted anonymously, 25th September 2020


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  • I am American and my family have moved away so I now have my friends who are Australian come and help me celebrate. If Thanksgiving isn’t special to you because you weren’t born in the US then just choose whatever you would like to eat really…it can even be an afternoon tea. Make it your own. Even celebrate it with just your immediate family.


  • I don’t think you need to make it a traditional US spread. Choose what dishes you like!


  • Being in Australia, you could make it whatever you want. A lovely idea too by the way


  • A lovely idea indeed to look at where we are thankful for. Personally I think there are no rules what need to be at the Thanks giving Dinner; you can make those yourself


  • A great idea to create celebrations at home and for us to be thankful for what we do have.


  • I love a thanksgiving dinner. Glad you are doing a Turkey but make sure you have the stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce to go with!


  • If its to be thankful for what you have here in Australia, the why not make it Australian? Aussie food all the way, making family member favourites


  • Pumpkin pie for dessert is a big part (usually served with whipped cream) they also usually have yams (sweet potato) and of course Turkey with cranberry sauce or cranberry based stuffing.


  • Is there such thing as a mandatory at Thansgiving ?
    But here are some ideas;
    https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g637/thanksgiving-menus/


  • I dont know….maybe google some menu …i would say- nice and friendly atmosphere is what we all need


  • My family and I where in Boston Massachusetts last year for thanksgiving and we loved it.

    I will definitely be hosting a thanksgiving day dinner in my Melbourne home.

    I hope you and your family have a lovely dinner.

    I recommend going on a website I did post the link on the post that was on Facebook


  • Why do a Thanksgiving meal as you live in Australia and as your asking I presume your never been to America. You could name it something else and put your own ideas to be different, still have roast turkey and pumpkin pie.


  • Google it. I think youre on the right track with Turkey and pumpkin pie. May I ask…..why on earth celebrate an American tradition in Australia? You don’t seem to know much about it, so I’m assuming you’re not from America


  • Friends of ours have hosted Thanksgiving s few times. The food is usually similar to a Christmas dinner: Turkey, ham, roast veggies. Additions like sweet potato casserole, cheesy corn bread and pecan pie or pumpkin pie make it more authentic. My American friend usually makes mulled wine for the adults or a spiced cider, and lemonade for the kids. We enjoy the main meal and, then over dessert we go around the table and say what we’ve been thankful for over the past 12 months. The only rule is usually not to say “family and friends”, as that’s a bit of an easy one, and to really think about what’s been a blessing in your life. Good luck and enjoy if you go ahead with it!


  • Also; enjoy compiling a list, preparing the food and enjoying it; sounds like a fun time ahead. :)


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