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The best holiday?

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Thanksgiving am Schiller

(SIM) Noch bevor die traditionelle Weihnachtszeit in Deutschland beginnt, setzte sich die Klasse 8d tiefgehend mit einem der bedeutendsten Feste in den USA auseinander: Thanksgiving.

Zwar hat es der Hype, inklusive des von vielen sehnsüchtig erwarteten “Black Friday”, an dem Geschäfte jeglicher Art ihre Ware reduzieren, schon bis nach Deutschland geschafft hat. Welche Bedeutung diesem Feiertag in den USA aber zukommt, ist vielen unklar. Die 8d hat bei der in Köln lebenden New Yorkerin Anneliese Bischof nachgefragt und war ganz schön erstaunt, wie schwierig es sein kann, Thanksgiving in Deutschland zu feiern.


Thanksgiving – the best holiday?

(article by: Sophie Zacharias, Simon Pohl, Lilith Hucho, Finley Berthold, Niklas Frohn)

Thanksgiving is a traditional American celebration. But what is it about? Why does almost everybody in the US celebrate it? On Tuesday, 14th November, we invited a native American, Anneliese Bischof, to tell us more about it.

First we wanted to know if Thanksgiving is just an American stereotype or if really all people celebrate it. A. Bischof told us that there are only a few people in the US that don’t celebrate Thanksgiving: “I would even say that Thanksgiving is more important to Americans than Christmas.”

Thanksgiving isn’t a religious holiday. Almost 400 years ago, when the Pilgrims came to America, the Native Americans told them how to plant vegetables so that they wouldn’t starve. A big feast was organised to thank the Indians and God. Today Thanksgiving is a big celebration where the entire family and your friends come together. Everybody can celebrate it. Thanksgiving is always on the 4th Thursday in November. The day after is called “Black Friday”. A lot of shops put everything on sale, so many people go shopping.

On Thanksgiving all families usually prepare a big meal. The most important thing about the meal is the turkey. Vegetables that are in season, as for example pumpkins, sweet potatoes, corn or cranberries are also traditional for the Thanksgiving meal. As dessert you have brownies, apple crumble or something with pumpkin. A. Bischof and Ms Simon prepared pumpkin pie muffins – they were delicious!

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A. Bischof loves Thanksgiving. But we found out that it’s not as easy to prepare a typical Thanksgiving meal in Germany: “Everything is so much bigger in the US. I didn’t know how to fit the turkey – that was the size of a baby – into the small oven in Germany!” Another problem is that you can’t get all the ingredients. Luckily you can order things like “tinned pumpkin filling” on the internet. All in all we got a good understanding of Thanksgiving. A. Bischof recommended everybody to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here is the recipe for the pumpkin pie muffins to get started:


Ingredients (serves 24)

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour/ finley grounded oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 (30 ounce) can pumpkin pie filling (such as Libby's®)
3 cups white sugar, or more to taste
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water/ almond milk
4 large eggs (leave out for vegan muffins)

  1. Preheat oven to 330 degrees F (166 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
  2. Mix whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk pumpkin pie filling, sugar, oil, water, and eggs together in a separate bowl until just mixed. Stir flour mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time, into pumpkin mixture until batter is just combined. Fill muffin cups with batter just below the brims.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool muffins on a wire rack.