Fights, stampedes and injuries? It can only be the day after Thanksgiving - 'Black Friday', when American shoppers go a bit crazy at the sales.

Just one of the things Brits have missed out on by not celebrating Thanksgiving over the years...

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  • A long weekend off work

    Imagine Christmas <em>always</em> taking place over a weekend. And not having to wait until late December for it. As our American friends would say: score!

  • The start of 'the holiday season'

    In Britain, it's polite to wait until December before starting to feel festive. In the States, the 'holiday season' kicks off with Thanksgiving. As our American friends would say: happy holidays!

  • Eating a turkey

    And because the Americans' festivities start earlier, so does their turkey eating. But then, they're always first at everything, aren't they?

  • Our leader pardoning a turkey

    Yes, it's silly. But imagine having to watch David Cameron doing this. And then imagine the reaction on Twitter.

  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

    Like London's New Year's Day parade only bigger, better and containing far more a) majorettes, b) Rockettes and c) giant Snoopy balloons.

  • Football games

    Thanksgiving Day is traditionally so packed with football games that it was once called "a holiday granted by the State and the Nation to see a game of football." (Note: by 'football', we don't mean football. We mean 'football'.)

  • Sweet potatoes and marshmallows

    That's right - together. It may sound disgusting – but trust us, it <em>is</em> disgusting. In a really delicious way.

  • Green beans with mushroom soup and fried onions

    That's right - together. It may sound disgusting, etc.

  • A true understanding of Thanksgiving movies

    Let's face it - when an American film references Thanksgiving, in our British heads we're simply replacing it with Christmas.

  • Travelling home to see your family

    As demonstrated in that classic <s>Christmas</s> Thanksgiving movie 'Planes, Trains And Automobiles'.

  • Sales shopping on 'Black Friday'

    Well, when you've travelled all that way to see your family, it would be rude not to bugger off to a shopping mall and buy a giant toy car, wouldn't it?

  • Giving thanks

    Yes, yes - we can do this any time of the year. But being forced to do it at least once, by a national holiday? We think that's something to be thankful for. Now pass us the delicious sweet potato and marshmallow!

(Via Blame It On The Voices)