I might live in England but, given I’m married to an American, celebrating Thanksgiving is a must in our house. Unfortunately, we don’t get the two days holidays that we would do if we still lived in the States but oh well – you can’t have everything can you (and American’s don’t have Boxing Day so swings and roundabouts)?
I love Thanksgiving because it’s Christmas before Christmas – not with the presents but with the big family meal and, once it’s over, I feel like I can start playing a bit of Shakin’ Stevens and Slade. There is nothing for me like getting everyone around the table and feeding them. Tonight, it will be Cola Ham courtesy of Nigella Lawson (something everything thought was odd till they tried it an now I’m not allowed to make anything else).
What I don’t like is Black Friday, which seems to start as soon as the dishwasher is loaded. I can’t imagine getting up after my Christmas dinner and going shopping so I’m not sure why I would want to do that after Thanksgiving. It feels wrong to take a day that is about giving thanks for what you have and then going out and shopping, frantically if you watch people on TV, for more stuff – stuff that will most likely be there the next day if you really need it. Now that I know that the sales aren’t even as good as they seem, it makes me feel even more uncomfortable.
I know there are people out there who love the sales but it just doesn’t work for me. So, I thought I would spend a few minutes going back to basics of what Thanksgiving means to me and saying thank you…To my husband, who moved thousands of miles across the world to help me with my home sickness and has stuck with me through thick and thin; to my daughter for making every day different and fun, even when she’s being a diva; to my parents for always being there for me, no matter what; and to my best friends, some of whom who I’ve know longer than seems possible (because I’m always forgetting just how old I am), for the making me laugh and being there when I’ve cried and all the times in between.
Whether you are in the US or not, who would you give thanks for today? Or are you too busy shopping to say 🙂