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23 November 2015

Turkey Day in an Immigrant Home

(By Jeff Carter, Office of Communications)

My name is Jeff Carter, and I work in the Office of Communications. In my home, Thanksgiving Day means travel, family, leftovers and, most importantly, a deep appreciation for our wonderful bounty. Each year, we eat a standard meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, jellied cranberries and vegetables, but occasionally there are variations - sometimes because new family members bring their traditions and sometimes just to experiment.

In discussing our holiday traditions with others, I began to wonder: "What about immigrant families? Do they mix and match culinary traditions?" So I decided to ask you to show me and the rest of America - in 140 characters or less - how you and your family celebrate Thanksgiving through food. Just tweet your tradition in a photo: a dish and its name, you cooking and what you’re cooking, or your family eating together. Whatever you tweet, tell us your tradition and use #ImmigrantThanksgiving. Then we’ll share through social media.

From a feast in 1621 between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag commemorating a good harvest to today’s fourth-Thursday-in-November observances, Thanksgiving Day has progressed with America. Please help us celebrate what you bring to this wonderful celebration.

My mouth is watering just imagining the possibilities. Happy Thanksgiving and bon appétit!


At November 23, 2015 at 2:44:00 PM EST , Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Jeff,
As an immigrant having so many relatives who are US citizens on Thanksgiving day we all gather at my uncles house celebrating the family unity and Turkey is the major meal as you mentioned also Leftovers :) .. it's a very nice time
SO wishing you and all America Happy Thanksgiving
God bless

At November 23, 2015 at 4:14:00 PM EST , Blogger Liz said...

Oooo our church is an immigrant church - the Pastor is from Peru, his wife, Brazil, child Ecuador, youngest child USA. We are very much a Latino melting pot. Will share our traditions soon.

At December 16, 2015 at 10:44:00 PM EST , Blogger Beta said...

I was born in a Atheist/Communist country, but my parents grow up as Muslims. March 21,1991. I Immigrated to USA. My husband and I we got married six months after we come here. We did not have a family members over. So we found our self an Albanian church who became our family and our home church. Our older daughter was born six months after we come to USA. Two months after we got baptized and also we got got married at the same day. on December 8,1991 we got converted to Christianity. We felt we are really blessed. We learn how to speak English. Few years later decided to get my citizenship. At the same I was raising three children, I went to beauty college and finished, got Michigan State Licensed. Worked in salon for few years. later I decided to back to college to het higher education. Here I'm, 25 years later from Albanian Immigrant to USA Citizen, with BA degree. I'm still working on my American dream. Here in America if you put your mind in to it, nothing is impossible. I did it So can you > I'm proud to be American.


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