From Alexie

Thanksgiving is an American festival celebrated with friends or family.

5 things to a perfect Thanksgiving meal.

The Thanksgiving turkey:

The thanksgiving turkey isn’t just turkey, it’s stuffed.

Cranberry sauce:

The sauce is prepared with fresh cranberries, oranges and powder sugar.

Mashed potatoes:

It’s potatoes purre crushed.

The stuffing:

Minced meat, eggs, milk, percil, herb and bread croutons.

The pumpking pie:

It’s a pie with pumpkin, milk, spices, eggs and sugar.

From Caroline

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday of October in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November.
Historically, Thanksgiving was a Christian feast day in which we thanked God by prayer and rejoicing in the happiness that we could receive during the year, this celebration has become secular in North America.

The origin of this festival is the same in the United States and Canada. The first through actions were of harvest festivals. For this reason, Thanksgiving is always held in the fall. In 1620, hundreds of English dissidents, named Pilgrim Fathers of the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Bay in Massachusetts. They founded the Plymouth Colony and the town of Plymouth. These owed their salvation to the intervention of a native named Squanto who, with the help of his tribe, the Wampanoag, offered them food and taught them how to fish, hunt and grow corn…

After the American Revolution, Americans who remained loyal to the United Kingdom into exile in the United States and settled in Canada. They bring with them customs/traditions of the American Thanksgiving.
Beginning in 1879, the day of Thanksgiving comes every year but is proclaimed annually the date may change from year to year.
However, over time, the date of the celebration changed.

Indian events
Since the time of the Fathers evangelical pilgrims, Thanksgiving is for Americans, a way of thanking God for the providential quality of the New World and the good relations with indigenous peoples.

Traditional Thanksgiving meal
In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated around large family dinners and happy gatherings.
The day before Thanksgiving, associations distribute meals to the homeless in the big cities.

Menu Fellow of the American Thanksgiving

• Stuffed Turkey;
• Mashed potato or mashed sweet potatoes;
• cranberry sauce or jelly
• Stuffing (sometimes with chestnuts, oysters, sausage, potatoes, …);
• Green beans stew;
• Apple Pie;
• Pie Pecan;
• Sweet Potato Pie;
• Pumpkin Cake;
• Water and wine

The recipe of the famous pumpkin pie


Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Ingredients (for 6 persons):
-1 pastry
- 1 kg pumpkin, peeled
- 3 eggs
 – 20 cl of unsweetened condensed milk
- 150 g sugar red
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 3 pinches nut nutmeg
- whipped cream (optional)

Preparation of the recipe:
Preheat your oven to 180 ° C (gas mark 6)Bake the pumpkin flesh in and boiling water to make a paste set aside. In a bowl, beat eggs and sugar, add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and mix. Add the puree and evaporated milk until a homogeneous mixture;pour the mixture over the pastry and bake at 180 ° C (gas mark 6) for 15 minutes.Reduce temperature to 165 ° C (gas mark 5-6), and cook for 30 minutes;cool to room temperature and refrigerate.Serve with a little whipped cream!
Pumpkin pie is a traditional sweet dessert, often eaten during the fall and early winter, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas in the United States and Canada. The pumpkin is a symbol oharvesttimeand featured also at Halloween.The pie consists of a pumpkin-based custard, ranging in color from orange to brown, baked in a single pie shell, rarely with a top crust. The pie is generally flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. The pumpkin is native to the continent of North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BCE, has been found in Mexico. The pumpkin was an early export to France; from there it was introduced to Tudor England, and the flesh of the “pompion” was quickly accepted as pie filler. During the seventeenth century, pumpkin pie recipes could be found in English cookbooks’such as Hannah Woolley’s The Gentlewoman’s Companion, which was published in 1675.The recipes did not appear in American cookbooks until the early nineteenth century. Pumpkin pie did not become a common addition to the Thanksgiving dinner until the early nineteenth century.The Pilgrims brought the pumpkin pie back to New England, while the English method of cooking the pumpkin took a different course. In the 19th century, the English pumpkin pie was prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices, and sugar and then baking it whole.

A little poem :

John Greenleaf Whittier wrote in his 1850 poem “The Pumpkin”:
Ah! on Thanksday, when from East and from West,
From North and from South comes the pilgrim and guest;
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
The old broken links of affection restored;
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before;
What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye,
What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?


From Henri, Isabell, Victor and Amaury


Persecuted in England, many Protestants chose exile in order to practice their religion freely. One of them, the weaver William Bradford, had been conceded by the Virginia Company territory in North America, in the estuary of the Hudson River. He rent a ship, the Mayflower, bound for the New World. On September 16, 1620, 102 emigrants embarked in the port of Plymouth. After two months of crossing, the Mayflower was caught in a storm. Pilgrims had to land near Cape Cod … far from the Hudson River! The land was covered with forests populated by Indians and it was unknown to Europeans. On November 21, 1620, Protestants concluded a pact: they undertook to form a “fair and equitable” community. Then they built a village they named New Plymouth. Half of the settlers did not survive the first winter, particularly harsh in this part of America. The survivors take heart, clearing the woods, planting and sowing, so that the summer 1621 brought them a bountiful harvest. To thank God, they organized a big party, “Thanksgiving.”


Thanksgiving is a festival celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
The origins of this festival: pilgrims wanted to say thank you to Native Americans because they gave them food. Today,  Americans eat a lot of
delicious dishes : corn, turkey, potatoes…
Thanksgiving is an important festival in America and Canada.


By Aurélien, Wandrille, François and Alexandre.