"I hate eating turkey" says English boyfriend to American girlfriend on Thanksgiving

Posted on November 27, 2008 by peacefulyorkshire

yahooavatar15Yawning, Stretching, and wishing the alarm wasn’t so early, 200,000 Americans will wake up in Britain today. (Gosh, can you believe there are so many of us here?)

Today, we will have one thing in common, because its Thanksgiving back home!

An interview:

“What is Thanksgiving again?” says Mr. Chill, my loved-up Northerner.

“Is it a festival of  Thanks or something? I remember seeing it in John Candy films. It sounds like a sneaky marketing opportunity. Am I going to be quoted on your blog about this?”

“Oh honey”, I say, “We’ve had this conversation last year– its where people celebrate what they are thankful for, remember?”

“Well, I hate eating turkey”, he says. “Its one of the ugliest creatures on the planet. Its so ugly it makes me sick to think of eating it. Its head is too small for its body and it has a bingo wing for a chin. If someone has said that all turkeys on this planet were going to be extinct, I wouldn’t be sad, I would even rather see rattlesnakes survive. Actually this is not a bad idea. Who were the pilgrims again? Is it a celebration about when they landed or something?”

So thus I start to explain why us Americans celebrate thanksgiving.

“When the pilgrims first landed upon our shores they encountered the first native people, who shared with them their harvest so … wait, look, here is a picture from google images!”


“Hang on” he says, “What went wrong? I thought the pilgrims shot them all and became your gun-crazy Americans?”

“Never mind…”, I say, and give up trying to explain the logic of it.

This will be the first conversation of many that I will have trying to explain our Thanksgiving celebrations today.

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  3. titusvilleuk November 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    …now further evidence, at least in my wacky family: got an email with blurry family pics….my sister says our only niece took them, a 7 year old with parents in their fifties, my handsome brother who posed with the walnuts and his executive wife….thanks for the blurry family pics, since i havent seen some of you in 8 years….and then an email from my martha stewart-like sister-in-law i was cc’d on, for the sake of feeling like family: ‘if your leftover turkey tastes like chicken, i had to make extra stock so i used a chicken and i noticed the meat is missing’
    ahhhhh, there IS nothing like the thanksgiving get together!!! …..and why did i end up in the only area of england where there is no snow, something i have wished for my entire life in florida???!!!
    stay safe and warm…merry xmas and happy chanukkah!

    • peacefulyorkshire November 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      Oh titus I laughed really hard about your descriptions of your family…!! Think you nailed them spot on…;)

  4. titusvilleuk November 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

    ….and turkey day is the 25th, though, not today!!!! hmmmmmm, maybe time to hijack a plane!!!! smile….and God bless everyone…

  5. titusvilleuk November 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

    …maybe it takes being over 50 to appreciate what the old turkey days were like!! i will brag, too, and say i make an excellent turkey…to die for…my brit hubby wishes we could afford a bigger freezer so we could freeze 6 turkeys and have one every other month! while my family is there for each other in times of need, we are not close on a daily basis…BUT thanksgiving means still being goofy and sampling ump-teen different food dishes we cooked and brought to share…football…a big bowl of mixed nuts to crack…hugs…more goofy like the pic where we noticed my hunk of a brother had placed two walnuts between his legs when the camera went…and best of all, mom collected plastic containers all year long and we each got meals to take home and savor again. THAT is what i am thankful for, blessed with memories of! dad died the day after thanksgiving 2 years ago [they were divorced long ago] and i have only been able to afford to fly home once in 8 years and sharing one family turkey day with my Brit hubby would firmly convince him that old fashioned turkey day gatherings are amazing. soft wishes of love to all! oh, and NEVER say gobble gobble in a british supermarket outloud!!

  6. Severs August 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I suspect that not all US citizens understand what Thanksgiving started off as, in the first place. Why do I suspect this?
    I visited the USA at that time of year once. Several yanks asked me – in the full knowledge that I am British and live in Britain – what I would be doing at Thanksgiving. Would I be visiting my family perhaps?

    I was required, each time, to explain that not only does Britain, and in fact the whole of the rest of the world outside of North America, not celebrate this event; but also WHY we don’t celebrate it. And that I would be working that day, because it is a normal day.

    I was a little surprised. Surely US citizens would automatically assume that the whole event is not applicable to other countries? No? Apparently not.

    In return I explained why Britain celebrates November the 5th. So everyone was happy.

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  8. Iota November 27, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    There are some very good children’s books on the subject. I bought my kids one each, and I learned a lot in a very painless way. Perhaps you need to go this route…

    And if turkeys are so horribly ugly and don’t deserve to be on this planet, then he should be grateful for Thanksgiving, when they all meet an untimely end.

  9. yankeebean November 27, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Turkeys are mean, too. I grew up on a kinda-farm and there’s turkeys there. They are CRANKY SOB’s…

    But I’m vegetarian so it doesn’t really matter! :D

    Happy Thanksgiving my fellow awesome Americans!!

  10. pacificyorkshirebird November 27, 2008 at 7:52 am

    I always tell people that we don’t exchange presents on Thanksgiving. People don’t really understand that.

    WE understand though – Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

    I’m thankful for this blog letting us share some laughs and blow of steam every once in a while. :)

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