Thanksgiving - November 26, 2015

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Thanksgiving is one of American’s favorite holidays and commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. It is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November and is a distinctive part of American family cultural traditions and norms.

We hope the ideas below may help you highlight this very special day with our international participants.
Thanksgiving Bulletin Board – Does your organization have a key employee area? If so, maybe this is a perfect opportunity to create a Thanksgiving Bulletin Board or Wall. You can ask your staff some simple questions:

    • “What is your favorite family Thanksgiving tradition?”
    • “What is one thing you are thankful for?”
    • “What is your favorite Thanksgiving leftover dish?”

This board can be used to promote cultural awareness to both your American and international employees.

Host a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewing Party – We realize most of our host employers are in the restaurant and hospitality industry and will be open on Thanksgiving Day. We recommend recording the famous parade and hosting a viewing party and serving traditional Thanksgiving desserts like: pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheese cake, pecan pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie, or a cranberry upside down cake. For even more creative dessert ideas click here.

Thanksgiving Potluck – All you need to do is determine a location, send an e-vite, and donate the turkey. Most international participants have never experienced an American Thanksgiving and all the festivities that come with it. Click here for Classic Southern Thanksgiving Recipes.

Visit this site to help your participant learn even more about Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving The First Thanksgiving
: When the Pilgrims
first gathered together to share
 with their Indian friends 
in the mild autumn air, they lifted their voices
in jubilant praise
for the bread on the table, the berries and maize, for field and for forest, for turkey and deer, for the bountiful crops
they were blessed with that year. They were thankful for these
as they feasted away, and as they were thankful
we’re thankful today. 
~ Unknown

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