Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, but if you aren't keen on cooking it yourself, order in.

With our close proximity to the U.S., both Thanksgiving and Black Friday have become recognized events here in Cayman and with both just around the corner, there are a few preparations to be made. Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 22 this year and Black Friday is Nov. 23.

Firstly, and most importantly is the Thanksgiving feast that has become a symbol of sharing and gratitude since the very first Thanksgiving celebrations back in the 17th century, when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared this Thanksgiving festival after a successful harvest season.

Since then, the tradition of celebrating with a feast enjoyed by close family and friends has continued and today stands as one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. The culinary traditions have remained similar throughout the years with a cooked bird, the most popular being a turkey and an assortment of sides, including potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce, ending with a pumpkin pie for dessert.

For those preferring not to slave over a hot stove this Thanksgiving, fret not, as businesses like The Ritz-Carlton and The Brasserie are hosting set menus. Boxed Cayman are also selling their prepackaged Thanksgiving dinners, available at Cost-U-Less with everything you need for up to six people; just heat them up, and you are ready to go!

The next preparation to be made is for the shopping heaven/hell that is Black Friday. Traditionally falling the day after Thanksgiving, most stores offer mega discounts meaning this is the perfect time to stock up on Christmas gifts. Cayman stores have joined in the fun with Cost-U-Less and Priced Right taking part annually. The Brasserie is also hosting a Black Friday sale on a selection of wine and beer, so take advantage of the discounts and stock up on booze now in time for Christmas.

If you are willing to get involved in this shopping mission, you must be prepared to wake up very early to queue before the doors open and get ready to fight for the items that you want. As the saying goes, “The early bird catches the worm” and there will certainly be some amazing worms (bargains) to be had.

If this is your idea of whoopee, you may be up for some Black Friday shopping.