Thanksgiving is all about … well … giving thanks! It’s a day when friends and family come together to eat, drink, chat and just spend time appreciating each other.

Canadian Thanksgiving happened on Oct. 10 and U.S. Thanksgiving is being celebrated on Nov. 25. With Christmas also just around the corner, it’s officially time for turkeys to run and hide.

U.S. Thanksgiving

As we are so closely linked with the U.S., it makes sense that we are all aware of one of its biggest holidays of the year. It’s advertised all over the TV channels, including that mother of all shopping days – Black Friday. This is when people line up outside malls from 4 a.m. and then trample each other like wild buffalo to get an amazing deal on a new flat-screen TV

There are many Caymanians with links to the U.S., and a good number of Americans living and working in the Cayman Islands. So what can they do to celebrate this Thanksgiving?

Naturally, there are many supermarkets where you can buy turkey and all you need to make stuffing, gravy, roast potatoes, mixed vegetables, and even pumpkin pie, if you are so inclined.

If, however, you are not too keen on sweating over a hot stove all day, just remember that many markets and restaurants offer fully cooked Thanksgiving meals-to-go. You will want to order ahead of time to make sure you’re not sharing a bag of Cheetos on the big day.

Of course, to experience the ultimate Thanksgiving celebration, maybe you will want to actually fly to the U.S. Cayman Airways has daily and weekly flights to many hubs up north, including Miami, Tampa and New York. Book early to get the best deals and flights to suit your schedule.

Black Friday

The U.S. tradition of Black Friday – otherwise known as one of the biggest shopping days of the year – has trickled down into Cayman. Cost-U-Less and Priced Right participate annually, allowing locals their God-given right to cram into a shop at Golly O’Clock in the morning to take advantage of amazing deals. It remains to be seen whether any other stores will dip their toes in the water, but regardless, you can certainly count on getting some bargains if you are willing to put in the effort.

Our advice: wear sneakers.

Thanksgiving turkey recipe

Serves 20

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons ground dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons rubbed dried sage
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 (15 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle Champagne

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a turkey roaster with long sheets of aluminum foil that will be long enough to wrap over the turkey.
  2. Stir together the parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture into the cavity of the turkey, then stuff with the celery, orange, onion, and carrot. Truss if desired, and place the turkey into the roasting pan. Pour the chicken broth and champagne over the turkey, making sure to get some champagne in the cavity. Bring the aluminum foil over the top of the turkey, and seal. Try to keep the foil from touching the skin of the turkey breast or legs.
  3. Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear. Uncover the turkey, and continue baking until the skin turns golden brown, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
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