With Thanksgiving coming up next week here in the US, thought it would be fun to share some Thanksgiving trivia. So, today from Grammar.net, instead of the usual wrangling with grammar, here’s Thanksgiving vocabulary.
What is Thanksgiving? This “day of thanks” is the first celebration of the “Holiday Season,” which includes Christmas and New Years. It is a day to count blessings and reflect on the good, and it is traditionally spent in large family gatherings at the home of a relative.
“Turkey with All the Trimmings” Dinner is centered around the turkey, and “the trimmings” refers to the many dishes served with it. Favorite trimmings include cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, yams, various vegetables, and pumpkin pie for dessert.
“Turkey Day” As turkey is the main dish, “Turkey Day” is an alternate name.
“Pilgrim” The first Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving were pilgrims from Europe who feasted with the Wampanoag tribe. While modern feasts can last three hours, this first feast lasted three days. The pilgrims nibbled dishes such as eel, squash, and venison; pumpkin pie was not invented until 50 years later.
“Food Coma,” “Turkey Coma” Once feasters have hauled themselves onto couches, a “food” or “turkey coma” begins, often lasting many hours. Most watch television and sip drinks, and some may outright nap. A chemical in turkey called tryptophan might add to the coma; while levels are slightly higher than in other meats, the obvious reason is the meal, itself. After all, babies with full tummies fall asleep quickly.
“Black Friday” The day after Thanksgiving–always a Friday–is infamous as the biggest shopping day of the year and is considered the first “official” shopping day of the Christmas season.
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Source: Thanksgiving vocabulary from Grammar.net.