It’s nearly Thanksgiving! Time for a whizz through history and explain how you can get involved with #FolksGiving

Thanksgiving is a truly wonderful time of year - a joyful run-up to Christmas, giving thanks to all the good things in the world. Inspired by our American chums, we’re celebrating our own version of it - #FolksGiving

Before we tell you how we’re celebrating #FolksGiving, let’s take a quick look back at the origins of its inspiration.

What is Thanksgiving all about?

Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other good things from the year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving was inspired by a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists and Native-Americians. It officially became a national holiday in 1863, as Abraham Lincoln tried to bring together a divided country during the Civil War.

The traditional servings of the Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. Tasty eh? Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November which this year falls on November 26th. 

Is it a big thing in the UK?

Well not really. Although the UK doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving to the same extent, there are usually events across the country for American exPats who wish to attend. For example, in normal times a Thanksgiving service is held at St Paul's Cathedral. 

We tend to celebrate Harvest Festival instead which is a bit more low-key. I’m sure many will remember celebrating this at school, singing those traditional hymns and donating food boxes to local charities.

How you can get involved with #FolksGiving

Because Thanksgiving is just so wonderful, and, after all we are inspired by our American roots, we are celebrating our own twist on it called ‘FolksGiving’. 

Not only are we giving you lovely folk 20% off everything on our online store, we want you to get involved in celebrating and rewarding those who’ve done good deeds this year.

So, the first 50 people who purchase a 16-mixed pack of Soda Folk on Thanksgiving Day (26th November) can nominate a friend who’s done a good deed who’ll then receive a second pack from us, free of charge! All to spread the love of doing Good Deeds. 

All you need to do is use the code “50GOODDEEDS” at checkout to redeem this offer! Once your order has gone through we’ll be in touch with you to get the address and details of your nominated ‘good-deeder’.

Share the love on social

We’d love to see your Thanksgiving celebrations in full swing so please tag us on social @sodafolk, using the hashtags #Folksgiving and #50GoodDeeds. Let’s see if we can get everyone inspired to celebrate the Good Deeds of 2020.

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