Celebrating the Spring Holidays

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  1. Thanksgiving riddle: What comes before Thanksgiving, Halloween and New Year in the U.S., but not before Christmas? Any guesses before checking the answer? 😀 Answer here: https://www.facebook.com/tele.kolleg/videos/1361637457209609/ All the quick English videos are collected on this site afterwards: https://www.br.de/telekolleg/faecher/englisch/dana/index.html 🙂 Hope you enjoy them!

  2. Why would you believe in America killing innocent native American tribes you thick cos I'm British and I believe some Americans should leave UK alone and not tamper with UK tradition like how we celebrate black Friday thanks America (not) and read the truth fool Thanksgiving are for people who think killing inocent natives is fine we'll you are wrong.

  3. Well, I suppose that you could mix it up a little with a nice roasted duck, and apple strudel with cinnamon. A nice herb bread dressing would be appropriate as well. Green bean casserole, and maybe some German sausage. Meh… When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Every year, the Edelweiss German Restaurant in Colorado Springs put on one helluva Thanksgiving spread, and this year will be no different. Check this out:

  4. The American nation still abuses the native nations, steals their land, rapes their women whilst the greedy whites get fat on too much food, the whole concept is a bit twisted really.

  5. I use to do the holidays, but after my parents passed away I no longer enjoyed doing that. I have many good memories, but it would take too long to talk about!

  6. Enjoy Germany and try to descover German celebrations..there are lots …and much more testy , good food

  7. When I lived in Ireland we American students would all get together and do Thanksgiving dinner. Of course everyone's family traditions differed but we did it as a potluck and it worked well. We'd invite our Irish friends and every year it got bigger and better. Now many years later, Thanksgiving remains my favourite holiday but amidst all my perfect traditional dishes, I find myself missing our funky Irish alternatives and the camaraderie we all shared so far away from home.

  8. When in Thailand I went to a Thanksgiving dinner with a crowd of Americans. It was, without doubt, the worst meal I ever had in Thailand.

  9. There is a Thanksgiving in germany but is it a more like christian celebration. It is called "Erntedankfest" and it is also in autmn. With the "Erntedankfest" you thank for having food and for a good harvest. You also ask for a good harvest in the next year. 😊

  10. Of course I've been to a Thanksgiving celebration; I'm an American who has always lived in America. LOL I love pumpkin pie; that's my favorite. Not sure if you could get those ingredients in Germany, either.

  11. I have the opposite problem. I missed a lot of german cooking products and food items… until I decided to go shopping, during a visit with family. And I frequently “order” food items, from my folks, well before I plan a dinner party. (FYI: I’m a german immigrant to the US.)

  12. Poor girl… I am Dutch I am sooooo glad to be back in the Netherlands after a week of Germany, I kinda feel super sorry for you…

  13. I Kirk A. Williams from the Great State of Arizona can see how you feel. I married a French Wom…/Girl. Okay well I lived in France had 3 boys during the 90s. Anywho we moved back to the States in 2000. Back to the good old US of A, worts and all. Been back for 17 years. Now my French wife is now more American than me. This is what I know, this is what you need to do. Plan with your American friends to celebrate Thanksgiving with your US friends. There are two holidays you need to seek your American friends. The 4th and Thanksgiving. Have a good old American pot luck. The problem is it is not really a holiday in Europe so time off is hard justify time off. But can be easier because it’s not really a holiday. Anyway you can do it. I know and feel your pain.

  14. I've been in Germany since 1974 and have celebrated Thanksgiving every year since then – first with diverse friends, and then with my own family and friends, then with my own children, their spouses, friends and our grandchildren – yes, on Saturday. It has become a staple of our relation to family and friends. Of course, it takes a lot of effort, but for the last 43 years it has been worth it.

  15. Funny how so much of what is done in America came from Europeans who do not do those things anymore.

  16. looking at all the comments from people outside America. looks like they know very little about the holiday. Plus people from all countries could celebrate their own thanksgiving. For what ever situation applies to their country

  17. I thought now will come some self reflect.. And self criticism… But no…
    I coudnt feed my stomach that excessevly, if so many have Hunger as their deepest travler in life… Its a shame.

  18. Hello Dana. Maybe one way to celebrate thanksgiving in germany is to make a little travel to Grafenwöhr, bavaria.
    The americans from the army base surely celebrate thanksgiving together whith their family and friends.
    There should be some locations you could take the thanksgiving dinner
    (and the possibility to take company with americans)
    Maybe a thought?
    Sorry for this terrible english, my capabilities are… limited ^^

  19. It doesn't matter it's a made upDay by the us government anyways. Since the Jewish world powers are trying to destroy the family unit through pornogrophy, violence, taxation, and poisoning us through the food and water and air to achieve their world government… we don't have much to be thankful for. Plus once you realize the god of the Bible doesn't exist and he's just like Santa Claus then the whole silliness of it is apparent. This is not the 1970s anymore

  20. Why don't you go shopping in the commissary (e.g. Wiesbaden)?
    Friend of mine goes there one every few months and brings all the stuff you just mentioned from the US. The stationed soldiers in South Germany get their stuff there.

  21. I agree, but Germany instead has a wonderfull "Adventszeit" and a wonderfull X-mas time even one day longer as in the USA 🙂

  22. I'm glad you've managed to kind of 'make peace' with not being able to really celebrate Thanksgiving over here — but I really hope that maybe it's possible for you to make a trip to the US that coincides with Thanksgiving in the not too distant future :)! Because I somehow don't now how to say it in Englisch: Das wünsche ich dir :).

  23. Hehe, it's much easier to celebrate when your kid was born on Thanksgiving day. We never celebrated Thanksgiving before he was born, and then for his first birthday I had the brilliant idea that I was going to make Thanksgiving dinner. The family came, they ate everything, and when they left, my SIL said, "This is a great tradition. We should do it again next year." I've been making 6 sides, 3 pies, and 1 birthday cake every year ever since (my husband does the turkey)….

    (Turkey can be found in the Kaufland; they're not as big as the ones in the States but they're a decent size and will fit in most ovens. For corn syrup the only place I've ever seen it was at some of the "tokos" as they're called in Dutch, little shops that specialize in foreign food – it's expensive, though, so I just make apple, pumpkin, and salted caramel pies)

  24. Grins…and you need to have the ingredients shipped to you if you need pecan pie so much…I do love it too…but…for all holliday food!

  25. Thanksgiving was the precursor to the Christmas Hollidays…my own favorites.  Thanksgiving was for getting together with family…before Christmas and for me, no other reason to celebrate.

  26. Erntedankfest is a completely different celebration in Germany, with a different tradition. We used to celebrate it in church, with everyone bringing salads, desserts and such and enjoying the meal with 40 people or more in the church garden or inside. :)Speaking of celebrating on the wrong day, don't you remember that Thanksgiving used to be on the third Sunday in November in the US? Many people do. I believe I do too, that's so creepy.

  27. It's funny the different ways common words are pronounced by Americans. Different regions of the country have different pronunciations for many American words. Your way of saying pecan in this video was driving me crazy. I grew up in Texas where the pecan tree is the state tree. We say p'khan while you say pee-can. LOL That just sounds gross. What are you doing to that pie? Even where I live now in the deep south, we say p'khan. I guess yours is just the Yankee way which is usually WRONG! Stay beautiful.

  28. My sister lived at least a decade in Ireland (she's Canadian) and she, her husband and children continued to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in Ireland.

  29. You are in Bavaria, here are pretty many US military outposts, so there are american communities living here too, i think i wouldnt been hard to find a bunch of people celebrating with 😮

  30. You missed to tell the people in the clip that we have Erntedank here … Especially in rural areas, there are Volksfest-like celebrations, too.

  31. You are totally wrong,we have in Germany,,,ERNTE -DANKFEST,& that is equal to -THANKSGIVING in North-America

  32. After watching a lot of your you-tube vines, you finally seem to settle in. Welcome to Germany! It is not that bad after all. And yes, some have mentioned it before. In religious (catholic and protestant) parishes, Erntedank is celebrated, it just has not the vibe of an American Thanksgiving. But that is there and not here, you mentioned it before. Why we start celebrating the indian Holi-festivals, Halloween and Valentine's day, I do not know!

  33. Wait what? You couldn't get a turkey? That's bullshit. I have been living in Germany for 27 years now and never had problems buying a turkey, you can get them in EVERY grocery store.
    They are either called "Pute" or "Truthahn", depending on where you buy it. But its both the same – a turkey.

  34. Her accent sounds more like a Wisconsinite than a Floridian. I'm from Wisconsin and people I know don't even have vowels that wide. But maybe it's the German because many people in Wisconsin come from Germany and now we all have wide vowels. Just something I think about when listening to her accent

  35. Pie isn't a think in Germany? Huh.
    If you decide to make a pecan pie again for whatever reason, you should be able to use stroop or golden treacle (Lyle's is a UK brand).

  36. I had a Thanksgiving dinner in France one time. the cook did a really good job re-creating almost everything until he got to the cranberry sauce. sauces in France are usually liquid so they didn't understand that we leave it in a jellied form. so heated it up until the jelly melted and served it in a bowl with cranberries floating in it. he couldn't understand why we would do that. I explained that because that's not how we serve it. then why don't you call it cranberry jelly? I suppose that's a good question.

  37. The Thanksgiving holiday was instituted by President Abraham Lincoln during the dark days of the Civil War as a show of gratitude, fasting and prayer before a Holy God. They believed that if people gave God thanks for all things, good things and bad things, that He might be inclined to show mercy to the country and bring peace to the land. The story about the so called first Thanksgiving is an apocryphal account, and there is little or no evidence of such a celebration. The treatment of the Native American was not then nor is it now Genocide. Genocide is the systematic extermination of a people. The policy of the US government in the 19th century was to persuade the Native Americans to move to reservations, to be taught the ways of so called civilized men. They were to be taught how to cultivate the land, and adopt the ways of modern society. Assimilation was the goal, not genocide, it was believed that as soon as the backward Natives saw for themselves how superior the civilized way of life was compared to their own, they would happily abandon their formerly itinerant lifestyle, forsaking it for something better. Unfortunately, this paternalistic attitude did not work and the Native resisted assimilation, and in some cases to arms.

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