I don't know quite how the Americans do it, but somehow they manage to wolf down a huge turkey with all the trimmings in November, only to repeat the process again one month later. No wonder elastic has become so popular.
Here in the UK we are already preparing for Christmas in December, but for our friends in the US the only holiday on there minds right now is Thanksgiving. The holiday is a day to give thanks for a plentiful harvest; we don't celebrate it in Britain anymore, but believe it or not, this very American holiday has English roots dating back to the Protestant Reformation. During the reign of Henry VIII, Thanksgiving was held with religious services in response to the number of Catholic holidays. Before 1536, there were ninety-five church holidays, but after the reforms, it was reduced to twenty-seven. Puritans even wanted to ban Christmas. Some of the holidays were replaced with Days of fasting, including Thanksgiving. So in complete contrast to America, Thanksgiving was a day of abstinence rather than indulgence. No wonder it fell out of favour.
But perhaps it is time to bring Thanksgiving back, and do it the American way. If you would like a pre-Christmas feast, join the members of The Breakfast Club for Thanksgiving on the 28th November. It is £25 a head, and includes a traditional three course meal with hot apple sider. Begin with corn on on the cob and bacon fritters or a goat cheese salad. The main is of course roast turkey (or a courgette mac 'n' cheese for vegetarians), to be finished off with a choice of pecan pie or apple cobbler.
There will be two dinning sessions held at 6.30pm and 9.30pm in all their cafe branches (Soho, Battersea, Spitalfields, Hoxton, Angel). It is important to book in advance and requires a £10 deposit.