Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest season and the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations.
With historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it is a secular holiday feast much anticipated by family and friends. 
Thanksgiving Theme Dances
"Sweet Potatoes"
"Turkey Trot"
"Gravy Train"
"Rest and Be Thankful"
"Corn on the Cob"
"Cranberry Tart"
"Thanksgiving Reel"
"Pumpkin Pie"

Selected Dances

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Cranberry Tart

Thanksgiving Day (Canada)

Cranberries were a staple for Native Americans, who harvested wild cranberries and used them in a variety of remedies, drinks, and foods, including pemmican, a combination paste of dried berries, meats, and fats. Sailors used cranberries as a source of vitamin C to prevent scurvy. During World War II, American troops required about one million kilograms of dehydrated cranberries a year!

Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Day (US)

Pumpkins were a mainstay of the Pilgrim diet in the New World, though not in traditional pie form. As a foodstuff, pumpkins were wonderfully versatile; they provided sustenance whether they were roasted, boiled, parched, or baked. Seeds were eaten, and used as medicine. Dried pumpkin was ground into flour, or flattened and woven into mats, and the gourds were used as bowls, and containers for grain. Pumpkins were sometimes hollowed out and filled with spiced and/or sweetened milk, and then boiled; early settlers would drink this straight from the gourd. They would also take the seeds out of a pumpkin, and fill it with cream, eggs, honey, and spices, before baking the whole thing in the ash of a cooking fire. When the filling was scooped out, along with the flesh of the pumpkin, it was a bit like a custard, or a crust-less pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving & Holiday Foods Dance Index

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The majority of dance descriptions referenced on this site have been taken from the


Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 


Snapshots of dance descriptions are provided as an overview only.  As updates may have occurred, please click the dance description to be forwarded to a printable dance description or one of the official reference sources.

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