Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Great Ideas for Thanksgiving Gifts

The Thanksgiving season is nothing but a harvest festival full of enjoyment and fun. The festival is usually celebrated to thank the god and other people for food, shelter, job and other important things. People come together during the Thanksgiving festival and celebrate it by singing the Thanksgiving songs and carols, telling the various Thanksgiving stories, enjoying the special Thanksgiving food and giving special Thanksgiving gifts to each other. Thanksgiving gifts help in showing our love and thank the person for being a part of our life. People often get confused while giving Thanksgiving gifts. Following are some of the tips and great ideas for Thanksgiving gifts:  
Thanksgiving Flower Gifts:-
This is one of the most simple and best gifts to give during the Thanksgiving celebration. These are easily available and are beautiful gifts to be given if you have been invited to the party at a very last moment. Some of the best options amongst flower gifts are the golden glow, the harvest stripes bouquet, the beautiful fall roses and the pretty pumpkin bouquet.
Thanksgiving Flower Gifts

Thanksgiving Gift Baskets:-
Thanksgiving gift basket consists of various gifts like the autumn chocolate basket, organic mixed fruit gift basket, regal wine gift basket, organic gourmet fruit and wine gift basket, and the blessed harvest autumn basket. These gift baskets are usually customized for the harvest season and are the best option to gift to your loved ones.
Thanksgiving Gift Basket
Thanksgiving Jewelry:-
Thanksgiving jewellery is one of the best gifts you can give to your wife, fiancée, girlfriend, daughter or any women. These jewelleries are the most loved among the females during the Thanksgiving season. They depict to several Thanksgiving themes like the turkey pendants and ear-rings, pumpkin ear-rings, the pilgrim bracelets, etc.
Thanksgiving Jewelery
Thanksgiving Chocolates:-
Thanksgiving chocolates are specially customized for the Thanksgiving season. They come in various flavours and shapes all depicting the harvest season. Some of the most common Thanksgiving chocolates are the Thanksgiving fortune cookie pail, mavrakos pecan burrs, pumpkin spice caramels, chocolate turkey puzzle, dark chocolate tiny turkey, cherry truffles, etc.
Thanksgiving Chocolates
Thanksgiving Teddy Bear:-
Thanksgiving teddy bear often comes in a costume of the pilgrim of the tribal people which depicts the Thanksgiving history. They are the most common and lovable gifts amongst children.
Thanksgiving Teddy Bear
Thanksgiving Decorative:-
Thanksgiving Decorative
Thanksgiving Cakes:-
The Thanksgiving cakes are the cakes specially designed like that of the roasted turkey, pumpkin, or the live turkey full of feathers. They symbolise the Thanksgiving festival and are really amazing to gift.
Thanksgiving Cakes
Thanksgiving Perfumes:-
Various Thanksgiving perfumes like the pumpkin pie, cranberry, golden delicious, etc. are the best option to gift during the Thanksgiving festival. They are most common and favourite during the Thanksgiving season.
Thanksgiving Perfume
The above mentioned are some of the most amazing gifts you can gift to your loved ones during the Thanksgiving festival. Visit my other blog to get more interesting ideas about thanksgiving gifts.


Monday, 6 February 2012

My First Thanksgiving Celebration in the United States

Thanksgiving Day
My first Thanksgiving celebration in the United States was celebrated when I was about sixteen years old. After that celebration, I enjoyed several Thanksgiving parties and functions but the first Thanksgiving celebration was the best I have ever enjoyed. It was celebrated at my grandparent’s house who invited us all for the Thanksgiving dinner. I was the happiest member in the family as I loved to visit my grandparents. They loved me too much and always had many surprise gifts for me.

We reached at my grandparent’s place in the morning. The house was beautifully decorated with various flowers and decorative articles depicting the Thanksgiving season. The house was full of aroma of various dishes grandma had prepared for the breakfast. The dishes included cinnamon rolls, pumpkin apple streusel muffins, orange pecan French toast, and orange juice. All the dishes were my favorite and prepared specially for me. They were highly delicious and we all enjoyed them after reciting the breakfast Thanksgiving prayer.

After the breakfast I was confused about reciting the prayer before our breakfast. I asked my grandfather, the reason for reciting the prayer and he told me the entire story for the Thanksgiving celebration. The story of Thanksgiving celebration was as follows:

Thanksgiving Celebration
In ancient times, some pilgrims were searching for a land to start their new life. They landed in North America and met the Algonquin band of Wampanoag. The Algonquin bands were the natives of the land and they welcomed the pilgrims to reside with them. They then taught these pilgrims the art of agriculture and fishing which helped them in surviving. These pilgrims then started agriculture and harvested their first crop. After the harvest, these pilgrims invited the Algonquin band to share this harvest as a Thanksgiving. The Algonquin band accepted the invitation and celebrated the first Thanksgiving festival. Since then, the people started celebrating Thanksgiving festival after every harvest and offered the harvest to the god they worshiped. By doing this, they thanked the god for the good harvest he has provided them for the entire year. This celebration also helped them to spend some time with their families and friends after a long hard work. The celebration of Thanksgiving then continued till today where people worship Lord Jesus for good health, food, shelter and other things provided by him throughout the year.

The story made me realize the real meaning of Thanksgiving and the reason why we celebrate it. After the story was over, we went to the church and praised and prayed the lord for all the things he had provided us with. After returning from the church, grandma had prepared a delicious turkey which we enjoyed after reciting the Thanksgiving dinner prayer. After the dinner I was showered with different beautiful gifts which made it the best Thanksgiving Day of my life.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Thanksgiving Recipes to Help You Get Through the Holiday

The Thanksgiving season is full of fun and enjoyments. Families come together to celebrate and enjoy the holiday-food together. Thus, a special preference must be given to different recipes during Thanksgiving. Turkey and all the traditional vegetables are some of the common and favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

Following are some of the Thanksgiving recipes to help you get through the holiday:

  • Dry-Cured Rosemary Turkey: The dry-cured rosemary turkey is one of the most delicious dishes for this Thanksgiving. All you require to cook this dish is sea salt, dried marjoram, dried thyme, dried juniper berries, black peppercorns, anise seeds, one turkey, fresh rosemary springs, garlic, and unsalted butter. Finely grind the salt, marjoram, thyme, juniper berries, peppercorns, and anise seeds together in a blender or grinder. Now, rub the herb mixture all over the turkey and chill it for three days. Before baking the turkey, put rosemary springs and garlic inside the turkey. Also spread over half the butter over the turkey breast under the skin. Apply remaining butter over the turkey. Now, preheat the oven to 325° and roast the turkey for about one and half hour. Meanwhile, you can cook turkey wings and neck for some gravy. This delicious dish will definitely receive a lot of praises and is one of the best dishes to be prepared this holiday.
Dry-Cured Rosemary Turkey
  • Ambrosia Recipe: Ambrosia is one of the best desserts to be prepared during the Thanksgiving. The dish requires a cup of orange juice, three medium oranges, eight ounces of pineapple chunks, seedless red grapes, half a cup of shredded coconut, and chopped pecans. Blend together the oranges, juice, pineapples and grapes. Refrigerate the blend until serving. It can be then served in coconut and pecans. It is easy to make dish and highly delicious.                               
    Ambrosia Recipe
    • Apple Cranberry Crisp: This dish requires five large peeled and thinly sliced apples, one and half cup of chopped cranberries, granulated sugar, rolled oats, light brown sugar, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, half a cup of all-purpose flour, six tablespoons of cold butter chopped into small pieces, and some chopped pecans. Mix the apples, cranberries, sugar in a baking disk along with some butter. Take a mixing bowl and combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Sprinkle this topping over the fruits and bake at 375° for thirty to thirty-five minutes. This is a delicious as well as a nutritional dish.
    Apple Cranberry Crisp
      The above recipes are some of the most delicious and common dishes prepared during Thanksgiving. Hope, these Thanksgiving recipes will help you get through this holiday.