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Life around the world

Thanksgiving

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BethanyK

Even though I'm not American, I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year! As I am from England, I've never celebrated it before, but tomorrow I'm going to have a big Thanksgiving meal with friends, which I'm really looking forward to. Thanksgiving is an American tradition which, this year, was on the 27th of November.

Thanksgiving has been an American tradition since 1863, and was began by President Abraham Lincoln. It is always celebrated on the last Thursday of November, and it is said that the Pilgrims were the first people to eat Thanksgiving dinner after their first harvest. Turkey is traditionally eaten on Thanksgiving, which is why it is also known as 'Turkey Day'! On this day, Americans also eat seasonal vegetables such as squash, potatoes and sweetcorn, and eat pies for dessert.

Although writing this is making me very hungry, the food isn't the most important part of Thanksgiving! If it was, it would have a very different title. As its name would suggest, on this day Americans think about what they are thankful for in their lives – new opportunities, friends, family or something else completely different!

This year, I am thankful for the chance I have been given to do this year abroad. Before coming to Dortmund, which is in the north-west of Germany, I did not have much knowledge of the world. But now I have the chance to see a whole new aspect of life and I'm having a great time! I have a great job teaching English to children, lovely friends, a great roommate and of course everybody back home – my friends, family and boyfriend. They have been here for me even though they are so many miles away. I've already had so many incredible experiences here in Germany and am looking forward to the future! I think, above all, I am thankful for being able to adapt to life here. And thankful that, on the days where adapting is hard, my family and friends are always supportive!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Gobble gobble!

Discussion

What are you thankful for this year?

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Alejandra1707 27 November, 2017 - 05:00

I am very grateful for all the people I met this year some stayed and others left but each one left me an apprenticeship.

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luisjimlop 23 November, 2017 - 06:17

I AM GRATEFUL BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN A GOOD YEAR, I HAVE NOT HAD VERY BIG COMPLICATIONS AND MY INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT HAS NOT HAD PROBLEMS, I HAVE HAD A LOT OF AFFECTION FROM MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND THAT MAKES ME HAPPY

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Jonathan - Coor... 23 November, 2017 - 06:31

Hi luisjimlop. It sounds like it's been a great year for you. Well done and I hope it continues.

Please don't write all in CAPITALS though. Thanks! :)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Romano 23 November, 2017 - 03:19

This year I am grateful for having good health for myself and my family, for not having any serious problem and having completed the fourth semester without having failed any subject.

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