Thanksgiving and all you need to know!

Thanksgiving Day 2020 with Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort

Thanksgiving is a popular North American holiday also it is increasing in Europe and in this article we will illustrate everything you need to know about Thanksgiving so as not to be caught unprepared.

A centuries-long history

Thanksgiving celebration, ringraziamento in Italian, has a long tradition. History tells us about the first Thanksgiving celebrated by pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621.

Pilgrims in the New World had brought native seeds and animals from their lands that unfortunately did not survive the American climate.

American Indians, the indigenous people of the Wampanoag, offered their seeds and animals, including the famous turkey, to pilgrims to ensure them a favorable harvest and survival.

The pilgrims decided to thank the Lord for their lucky harvest and from that moment on the holiday became more and more widespread and important in the United States and Canada.

Thanksgiving: dates to remember

Thanksgiving, in the United States, is celebrated on the last Thursday of November.

In United States historys, two presidents have been particularly important in defining this celebration:

  • George Washington proclaimed the holiday in 1789
  • Abraham Lincoln governed the festival every last Thursday in November in 1863

Thanksgiving today

Thanksgiving is still an occasion of thanks and gratitude for what we have and to bring the family together around a table.

In the United States it is a national holiday, schools and offices close to allow everyone to get together with family and prepare a big lunch.

What we need on the table to celebrate Thanksgiving

For a traditional Thanksgiving feast on the table these delights cannot be missing:

  • turkey
  • cranberry sauce
  • potatoes
  • baked sweet potatoes
  • mess of meat
  • vegetables
  • pumpkin pie

Turkey is the cross and the delight of any Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkeys are large birds and are served stuffed, the preparation not only takes a lot of experience but also a lot of time!

A true test of the cook for all American households!

A curiosity about Thanksgiving: the turkeys pardoned by the President

Over the years there has been much discussion about turkey life and their massive holiday consumption.

Many farmers sent turkeys as gifts to the White House, so many that the President of the United States did not know what to do with them.

In the 1980s, the tradition of pardoning two turkeys began, that is, to not sacrifice them for the banquet but letting them live their entire life on the farm.

What you may not know is that every year on the White House website you can vote for your favorite turkey name!

In 2018, the rescued turkeys were called Peas and Carrots and were pardoned in an official ceremony by President Donald Trump.

The turkeys of 2019 instead were called Bread and Butter.

Thanksgiving in Europe

In Europe, various American citizens gather to celebrate this holiday.

Lunch takes place strictly at home and not at the restaurant and is an opportunity to meet your family but also to gather your closest friends around the table.

The stuffed turkey tradition is less widespread in the old continent but surely thanking for our fortunes is transversal and a good habit.

We are waiting for you in Tuscany for a happy Thanksgiving

At Villa Campestri we are grateful for all our fortunes and the beauty of the place where we live and from our hills we wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all our North American friends!

We are waiting for you at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort to celebrate together!

Quick Booking

  • Data di Arrivo:

  • Notti:

  • Camere:

  • Adulti:

  • Bambini:

The Medici family and the Mugello

Mugello area is full of traditions and history and is strongly linked to the development of the Medici family. Even today it is possible to imagine the strong impact of this dynasty on the territory by visiting the villas that belonged to them. Discover this historic family with us!

Pici, a truly Tuscan recipe

A plate of spaghetti brings together young and old, resolves any indecision on the family menu and is always a good choice at the restaurant! What if we told you that there is a purely Tuscan type of pasta that is even better? Pici!

A day at Lago Viola in Mugello

Just 5 km from Villa Campestri, between the mighty green fauna and the hills of Vicchio, a graceful and enchanting artificial lake emerges: Lake Viola, a well-known and appreciated reality in Mugello, and beyond, due to the famous sport fishing activity possible, for the renowned Lago Viola restaurant and for the relaxation and general well-being […]

The 5 unmissable in Florence

The inhabitants of Florence are very proud of their origins and of the fact they are coming from a city so rich in history, beauty and art. Could a Florentine be able to list only 5 unmissable works of art to see in the city? Let’s try it in this article!

Walking in the Tuscan countryside is good for you

Have you ever looked for relaxing music to fall asleep or to read a book? Often the playlist you will find reproduces the pleasant noises of the countryside, with a little wind that moves the leaves, birds and that sensation of widespread peace that you get when walking in nature. Here is all this you […]

Olive harvesting period in Tuscany: everything you need to know

The olive harvest is a significant and very delicate process for the purpose of achieving a high level of extra virgin olive oil. For this reason, Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort adopts the best method and takes advantage of the ideal olive harvesting period in Tuscany. Find out more about this fascinating world!

Life is too short not to drink Chianti Classico

Often when we think of Tuscany and its traditions, the excellent bottles of Chianti Classico come to our mind, symbolized by the Black Rooster. Why does this wine have a black rooster as a symbol and what does Chianti Classico really mean? Find out with us!

Castagnaccio, the right dessert for autumn in Mugello

Each season has its dessert and each area of Italy has its local ingredients. Mugello woods in autumn are red, orange and yellow and also are rich of chestnuts, in fact the typical dessert of these autumn days is the castagnaccio.