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Thanksgiving Fun Around Boston!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, November 16, 2017

November marks the beginning of the holiday season, as friends and family flock home for the familiar comforts.The days may be getting shorter, but this doesn’t limit what’s happening around town. Thanksgiving is less than one week away and there is plenty to do before and during and after the holiday!

In anticipation of Thanksgiving, thousands of people flock to the site of the first Thanksgiving in American history: Plymouth. America's Hometown Thanksgiving in Plymouth is November 17-19.  The weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday occasion as well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth. A historic parade, New England food festival, reenactments, patriotic concerts and more will take place.

Thanksgiving traditions vary from family to family. This could be gathering together to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the National Dog Show or “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”. Watching football is another Thanksgiving tradition shared by many families. In addition to the various games being played by the NFL, local high school games are played on Thanksgiving Day, and there is no shortage of energy because usually these games are played against rival teams. Attending one of these games is a great way to feel involved in the community. 

For those who want to work off all of the calories before Thanksgiving dinner get out and run and/or walk on November 23 morning at the following Thanksgiving races: Franklin Park Turkey Trot 5KBrighton - Boston Volvo Village for MS 5K; SalemWild Turkey 5-Mile Run; Somerville Gobble Gobble Gobble

Thanksgiving weekend offers a variety of activities to get out and work off all of the Thanksgiving goodies! A return of the Boston Winter at City Hall Plaza on November 24 - December 31, 2017.  City Hall Plaza is turned into an ice skating rink and an outdoor shopping experience with 85 vendors offering a variety of local and international gifts and more! Head to Faneuil Hall on November 25th for the 32nd Annual Boston Tuba Christmas. An estimated 150-200 tuba players will entertain the crowd outdoors with favorite holiday classics. 

Make sure to also put on your calendar all of the tree lighting events around Boston coming in late November and early December. 

Thanksgiving 2016

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, November 10, 2016
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I'm sure many of you have already started planning for your holiday celebration. For many of our hosts, this year's Thanksgiving day meal will be shared with their international visitor! Thanksgiving is a holiday that is unique to the U.S. which also makes it a very interesting celebration for international visitors. As a host, you should do your best to expose your visitor to this cultural holiday, as it is a very special experience. Thanksgiving is not a religion based holiday and therefore each family has different ways of celebrating the day and enjoying different foods.

If you traditionally have a large Thanksgiving celebration, make your visitor feel included by introducing them to your friends and family members. It is also helpful to explain the holiday and your family traditions beforehand. This allows the visitor to have a better understanding of why Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, what the holiday means and what to expect of the day. It can be overwhelming for a visitor with lower English skills to be in a situation with a lot of people and rituals but not know what to do or what is happening.  You can also encourage them to make and/or purchase a dish or food item from their own culture to share with you and your family.

With Thanksgiving, comes Thanksgiving break and many students will have a brief vacation from school. This holiday weekend is a good time for hosts to spend time with their students and participate in fun Thanksgiving - related activities together. If you're not sure what to do with your student during Thanksgiving and their days off from school, here are some ideas!

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Meal
Thanksgiving would of course not be complete without the Thanksgiving feast! As I've said before, every family celebrates the holiday differently and serves different foods. However, no matter what you serve, your visitor will feel grateful to be included in your celebration and sharing a Thanksgiving meal together will be a memorable experience for both you and your visitor. If you feel comfortable, let your visitor help you prepare for the day! Bake a dessert together or show them how you cook the entree. The best part about making a lot of food for Thanksgiving is that you get to enjoy the leftovers the next day :) 

Go Black Friday Shopping!
Another Thanksgiving tradition I take part in every year is Black Friday. Maybe I'm crazy, but I actually look forward to getting up at 5:00am to join the frenzy of shoppers at South Shore Plaza. This website shows Black Friday deals for all your favorite stores. Black Friday can be a fun and new experience, but if  the idea of getting up when it's still dark out doesn't appeal to you there are other shopping opportunities this Thanksgiving weekend. A festive idea is to visit a holiday market, like the Local First Holiday Market in Somerville or the Christmas in New England store at Faneuil Hall.

Watch the Macy's Day Parade!
Watching the Macy's Day Parade on TV in an enjoyable activity for you and your visitor to share. I know in my own home, watching the parade has become a Thanksgiving Day Tradition. It could be really interesting for your visitor, too because perhaps they have never seen anything like it. The parade airs Thanksgiving Day at 9am on NBC! 

Visit Plimoth Plantation
Nothing is more Thanksgiving related than a trip to Plimoth Plantation. Visit the historical sight this Thanksgiving weekend and experience the holiday in the place where it began! An enjoyable (and educational) trip.

Watch a Football Game!
Many high schools in the Boston area have big football games on Thanksgiving. I know in my own home town it is a tradition for all the alumni to come back and watch the game on Thanksgiving Day. Bring your visitor to a game and cheer on your town together! Maybe you even have a football player or cheerleader in your family that you can support. Another option is to watch a professional football game on TV.  Here is a schedule of all the NFL games that will be airing this Turkey Day! 

Look at Holiday Lights! 
It might seem early, but I can assure you that Christmas lights will already be up in many neighborhoods right after Thanksgiving. Take your visitor on a tour of Christmas lights! Drive around different neighborhoods and admire the homes holiday decorations. You can also show your visitor an excellent (and free) display of holiday lights at Blink!, a light and sound show at Faneuil Hall. From November 20th through January 1st you can watch over 350,000 LED lights blink and dance to music from the Holiday Pops. The show runs daily beginning at 4:30 pm. 

Go Ice Skating! Right around Thanksgiving is when most of the city's outdoor skating rinks open for the winter season. Boston Common's outdoor skating rink, Frog Pond, is open to the public for skating and skate rentals beginning in mid -November. There are also many other indoor rinks in the city that offer public skating and skate rentals throughout the week, such as Steriti Memorial Rink in the North End and Simioni Memorial Rink in Cambridge. You can find a complete list of all the Boston area public skating rinks here 

Enjoy the holiday! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving is a national holiday and a major time for celebration in the United States. Although there has been debate about the origins of Thanksgiving, it is without a doubt a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, have a day of feasting, and to get excited for the upcoming holiday season. However, the historic American tradition can be traced back to the year of 1623, when after the harvest crops were gathered by the Pilgrims, they declared a three day feast to thank God and his blessings. Furthermore, New England is the birthplace of this American holiday so where better to celebrate Thanksgiving?  In this blog, we will highlight Thanksgiving events around New England that you and your family and friends can enjoy to keep the holiday spirit and mood in full flow!

Firstly, one major way to celebrate Thanksgiving that will surely be delicious is to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at one of Boston's many top restaurants! Turkey will obviously be the highlight of their menu's, but there are plenty of traditional and vegetarian options. Some of the restaurants in Boston that will have special menus for Thanksgiving are:

  • Taj Boston, where their lavish buffet ranges from marinated mussels, crab claws, organic turkey breast or leg, slow-cooked salmon, and more! Located at 15 Arlington Street, Boston, it is the prime place to kick-start your holiday shopping on Newbury Street and enjoy a relaxing dinner.
  • Precinct Kitchen + Bar, where they will serve a special Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 8 pm. Located inside the Loews Boston Hotel, their main specialties will include sage-crusted roast turkey, pineapple-glazed ham, peppercorn-crusted prime rib, all accompanied by traditional side dishes.
  • Parker House, another famous restaurant in Boston, will be having a Thanksgiving buffet with creative dishes such as slow roasted turkey with herb stuffing, pumpkin ravioli with sage-brown butter sauce, pan-seared salmons and a lot of other traditional side dishes. It is located on 60 School Street in Historic Downtown Boston.

These restaurants are just a little snippet of the type of dishes you can expect during Thanksgiving, and if you want to check out a more elaborate list or to help make reservations click here.

Next up, another way to get pumped up for the holiday season is to visit the Boston Opera House and watch a performance of Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. This performance is one of the most highly rated shows in Boston, and it is no surprise as there are enchanting dancers, haunting music by Tchaikovsky, and the magic of the Boston Opera House in general will surely make it a performance you don't forget. The opening night is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and shows run all the way through December. Definitely a dazzling Thanksgiving tradition for families and friends, click here to search for available tickets!

If you're in the mood for an adventure during Thanksgiving, why not make a trip to the Plimoth Plantation on Thanksgiving Day. This is the site of the first Thanksgiving where the Pilgrims settled back in 1620. Plymouth is located South of Boston, and you can make a day trip to see the famous Pilgrim Monument or go on aboard a reproduction of the Mayflower, the ship that brought the Pilgrims to New England. Furthermore, the Plimoth Plantation is a very impressive re-creation of the original Pilgrim settlement, and there will be actors playing the roles of each of the 17th century settlers to show what life was like back then. Click this link to book a special Plimoth Plantation tour!

Furthermore, another reason to make the trip to Plymouth is the Thanksgiving parade and celebration. Plymouth will be hosting a massive 3-day Thanksgiving celebration along the harbor and waterfront, and the parade, which kicks off at 11 am on Saturday, November 22nd is ranked 1 in the nation! The parade is especially special as actors will be reenacting all periods of American history, beginning with the Pilgrims straight to the 21st century with historical accuracy. 

What are your thankful for and what are your plans for Thanksgiving? Let us know! We hope everyone is excited about the holidays!