Aren’t Americans fascinating? Just before they forage manically for Black Friday bargains to be slung to their loved ones for Christmas, they pile into a carb-soaked pre-Yule turkey feast, organised to give thanks for the important things in life: medical insurance, credit cards and loose-ftting slacks. But who are we to judge? We have happily adopted most American traditions – Hallowe’en, baby showers, cheese on everything – but not Thanksgiving, the one that at least involves trying to be appreciative of your lot in life. So take a leaf out of the Americans’ book. Attack those birds and give thanks: for the fact that you can now gorge on turkey twice in fve weeks.