Happy Treksgiving

The future history of Star Trek introduced us to many new holidays, like the Federation’s First Contact Day, the Klingon Day of Honor and the Bajoran Gratitude Festival. However, some current holidays persisted into the future, including the American holiday of Thanksgiving, with its traditional meal.



There are just two recorded instances of Thanksgiving showing up in Star Trek. Part of the episode "Charlie X" takes place on Thanksgiving Day 2266, and Deep Space Nine shows us that at least some families continued celebrating with a Thanksgiving meal in 2372. Clips showing both Trek references below.

Although it is an American holiday, the spirit of Thanksgiving is one that fits well with Star Trek. It celebrates family, and what is every Star Trek crew, but a family? It is also the celebration of cultures coming together and working together, something that is at the core of Gene Roddenberry’s future.

So on this Thanksgiving, wherever you are in the galaxy, we here at TrekMovie wish you a “Happy Treksgiving” (and Thanksgiving too).


Article reposted from last year’s Thanksgiving

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TJ Trek
November 25, 2010 10:54 am

Thanks man. It’s good to know that Turkey Day is one of the few holidays that makes it into the 24th century

November 25, 2010 10:59 am

REAL turkey…..

November 25, 2010 11:00 am

Happy Treksgiving to you too! Thanks for all the information and hard work you all do to bring it to us! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Eat Long and Prosper. hehehe.

November 25, 2010 11:03 am

Happy ThanksGiving America, It’s a bit late as real Canadian ThanksGiving was last month (A How I Met Your Mother Joke, I only jest.)

November 25, 2010 11:06 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 12:07 pm

I’m British so i kinda just wait til Christmas to have some serious nom…

November 25, 2010 12:12 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to my American neighbors!

November 25, 2010 12:23 pm

We’re having a neo-traditional Thanksgiving Chinese Hot Pot, featuring goat meat, courtesy of AdmR. MMMMmmmmm.

November 25, 2010 12:26 pm

I’m British, but, IDIC!

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Live long and prosper :-)

November 25, 2010 1:14 pm

Happy Captain Picard Day!!!!

Captain Hackett
November 25, 2010 1:23 pm

From the fellow Canadian Trekkie to you American Trekkies

Happy Thanksgiving Day! Enjoy the festive with your family and friends and football games on TV! :)

November 25, 2010 1:46 pm

Oh, being British (or any other nationality) doesn’t have to get in the way of celebrating Thanksgiving. All you need is:

1) Food
2) Family and/or friends

That’s it! Turkey, football, and supersized parade floats and balloons are not required… though they do help. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

November 25, 2010 2:19 pm

From Canada: I wish you all United-Staters a happy thanksgiving. I’ll be dropping by for black-friday ! Thank you very much.

November 25, 2010 2:20 pm

Anthony and company, a special thanks to you for making this site available..

David Stoeckel
November 25, 2010 3:26 pm

HAPPY TREKSGIVING EVERBODY. Thanks to Everybody Involved with TrekMovie.com for Creating this site-It is One of My Favorite Sites.

Captain Conrad
November 25, 2010 4:55 pm

Cool video Anthony. Have a good Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 6:44 pm

Happy Thanksgiving…Safe travels…..

November 25, 2010 6:45 pm

One thing to be thankful for…

Star Trek, Anthony and TrekMovie.com

Happy Thanksgiving!

Another Q
November 25, 2010 7:22 pm

They missed that scene in “Sins of the Father”
where Kurn is offered some (replicated) roasted
turkey and told that most Earth food is cooked,
He says it’s too bland for Klingons…

Great scene, maybe done on Thanksgiving…
they never say.

Pensive's Wetness
November 25, 2010 7:59 pm

Turkey day was very good today & tonight. I had turkey lunch with dad. Typically good fair :D & this evening with GF’s family. scary but wonderful.

so to those having a turkey day, regardless of where you are in the world…

(and even if you are not)

God Bless… unless your atheist. Then i guess, gosh bless the Spaggetti Monster or something… :/


Hugh Hoyland
November 25, 2010 9:16 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! :]

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
November 25, 2010 9:27 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

November 25, 2010 9:50 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

November 26, 2010 4:42 am

Happy Thanksgiving from the other side of the Atlantic.

Hat Rick
November 26, 2010 5:13 am

Really, if you think about it, America has given a lot to the world. I’m as harsh a critic of our country’s mistakes as the next man, but let’s not forget that the U.S. of A. is responsible for many good things as well. It is those things that make our mistakes so much the more regrettable and tragic, after all, for we are capable of so much better.

My personal Thanksgiving is to the people who are on the front lines — from infantryman to brass — ordinary men and women but, simultaneously, extraordinary heroes whose loyalty to their calling is part of what Star Trek celebrates so well.

Trek calls for understanding what we have in life and recognition that those who are willing to give those up for something beyond themselves, are giving up something precious indeed.

Robert H.
November 26, 2010 6:24 am

A, they forgot about Charlie X when the chef had to meatloaf because they didn’t have turkeys on the ship;

B, I forgot it was Thanksgiving because I’m Canadian, and we have ours on the second Monday in October.

November 26, 2010 6:45 am

I spent the day in the hospital passing a kidney stone. I’m thankful to be released and home now. I would highly recommend avoiding having stones to anyone if they can help it.

Forgot Charlie was on thanksgiving. His performance was, I think, one of the greatest of the original show.

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
November 26, 2010 9:58 am

Charlie X was also the one Ep that Genes Voice was herd and the only Trek Show to have him on in some way. He was the Chef who told Kirk that there were real Turkeys in the Galley.

November 26, 2010 12:10 pm

Nice trivia, Capt Mike!

November 26, 2010 12:11 pm

27. Andy Patterson

Rest easy, Andy!

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
November 26, 2010 1:39 pm

#29. Thank you. I know that Christmas was also mentioned in a TOS Ep as well. Along with Hollween.

November 26, 2010 2:23 pm

@ 30


November 26, 2010 3:34 pm

There was also a Voyager episode where Q hides the ship in a Christmas tree.

No, I’m not kidding.

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
November 26, 2010 3:39 pm

#33. I seen it. Very Funny Ep. In fact when they did an actual commerical for holliday cards for Trek they used clips of that ep to help promote it.

November 26, 2010 4:25 pm


If I’m remembering correctly, wasn’t it the same episode where the other member of the Q wants to kill himself? I think it was called “Death Wish” or something along those lines. Anyway, it was probably the best of Voyager’s Q episodes.

The Geek that Gets Laid Often
November 26, 2010 5:51 pm

I was going to mention that Eddington’s Thanksgiving was one month earlier but I see the rest of the Canadian contingent beat me to it.

Here’s to turkey and here’s to Michael Eddington; the only Canadian character in all of Star Trek, and a rat bastard.

Hat Rick
November 26, 2010 7:58 pm

Didn’t someone mistakenly express the belief that Riker was born in Canada and he had to correct them and say that he was born in Alaska?

I could be imagining things, though.

Red Dead Ryan
November 26, 2010 8:47 pm


I believe Eddington was actually American. He had relatives that were Canadian, and they gave him his “Lucky Loonie”.


No, you are correct.

It was Ensign Lavalle in “Lower Decks” who mistakenly believed Riker was Canadian.

November 26, 2010 9:35 pm

That exchange between Lavelle and Riker was one of the best (awkward) moments in Trek. You had to feel bad for the kid. Everything he did Riker hated! I can’t remember the exact wording, but one of their exchanges went something like this:

(on the bridge)
Lavelle: “Aye-aye, sir.”
Riker: “A single aye is sufficient acknowledgement, Ensign.”

I mean, come on!

Red Dead Ryan
November 26, 2010 9:45 pm


“Lower Decks” is an uderrated episode. You had great character moments from new crew members who were just learning the ropes. It ended on a sad note when Ensign Sito was killed during a risky mission to return a Cardassian to his home territory.

Hat Rick
November 26, 2010 10:27 pm

38, awesome. Glad I’m not going senile (knock wood).

BTW, loved “Lower Decks” and I believe it’s an example of why TNG is so well-liked — it had depth, in more ways than one.

(“Depth” and “lower decks” — get it? ;-) )

Red Dead Ryan
November 26, 2010 10:37 pm


I think “Lower Decks” is one of Damon Lindeloff’s favorite TNG episodes. The episode served as inspiration for an episode of “Lost”, though I can’t remember which one.

November 26, 2010 11:08 pm

Yeah, it was good to finally see the perspective of the junior officers for a change. I believe Deep Space 9 did something similar, though the exact details of the episode elude me. I think it had something to do with Federation junior officers in the Dominion War—“The Siege of AR-Something-Something….” Ring any bells? Maybe I’m confusing it with a different episode.

November 26, 2010 11:50 pm

#2 Maybe Tofu Turkey?

Just remember Sinahol

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
November 27, 2010 9:41 am

#43. It was a group of Elite Cadets that were on a Training mission on a Defiant Class Ship and when the War broke out they were attacked by a Cardasiean ship and most of the officers were killed and the cadets took over and a while latter they come accross Jake and Ens Nog. Good Ep.

November 27, 2010 12:12 pm


Ah, that’s the one! Thanks, Captain.
Sigh…. I miss DS9….

Red Dead Ryan
November 27, 2010 12:17 pm


The episode was called “Valiant”. It was a pun, just like when they titled the Tom Riker DS9 episode “Defiant”.

Anyway, “Valiant” featured a crew of cadets who took on a huge Jem’ Hadar prototype warship and most of them died in the foolhardy mission.
Only Jake, Nog and Darian escaped.

Captain Watters was an idiot who wasted a valuable Defiant-class ship. Great episode, and somewhat underrated.

The Elite Cadets belonged to Red Squad, the same group that Wesley Crusher and Nick Locarno were part of during their stint at Starfleet Academy in “The First Duty”.

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire
November 27, 2010 1:10 pm

Ds9 had some great Eps. The Finale Things we leave behind was some of the best Trek on T.V

Bob Tompkins
November 27, 2010 3:25 pm

One thing NOT to be thankful for.

I finally decided to step into the digital media age and download the digital copy of Star trek 2009, which was the main reason i purchased the pricier 3 disk set.

I am informed by Paraomount digital that the download is no longer available as of 11/24/2010, the day before i attempted to download it.

Thanks a bunch Paramount and itunes.

And the moguls wonder why people buy software to rip the movies themselves.

Did i break any digital copyright laws by making that statement? Probably.

Hat Rick
November 27, 2010 3:28 pm

Episodes like “Valiant” help bring the Trek universe to life. It reminds us that for every “star” captain or other featured member of the bridge crew that may be featured, there are hundreds of thousands of other officers whose lives also have meaning.

Including those who wear shirts of a particularly ruddy color, I might add.

BTW, as a lark, does anyone know the name of the actor whose character was killed off as a red shirt in TOS but who then reappeared (either as the same character or a different one) in a later episode? I think there was at least one. (Fun factoid, if true.) It’s hard to look that kind of thing up in the Star Trek wiki since you would have to put in the right combination of keywords to search for it without bringing up a lot of nonrelevant information.