Giving thanks for family and friends (and not the sales)

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 🙂
Emma x
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  1. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at all in Australia though the sales are slowly seeping into the online culture.
    I’m not too sure about Cola Ham though!!! Actually Xmas is one of my less fave holidays cos I don’t do turkeys and the like. Give me Easter any time! #teamlovinlife

  2. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, but more than likely we will follow suit eventually, just like we have with Halloween. I always feel thankful for my husband, my two grownup kids who I’m extremely proud of, the lovely place where I live and beautiful friends. Happy Thanksgiving. #TeamLovinLife

    1. No, I’m surprised more people over here don’t start celebrating the day…it seems inevitable somehow. I would rather that though than the sales, which I just find overwhelming. I do like the giving thanks – it is so nice we have people close to us that we love at these times x

  3. I’ve heard a lot about that cola ham & am tempted to try it myself this Christmas. Black Friday sales is something that’s sprung up here in the last few years & yeah, I don’t get it. What am I grateful for? My family, my pooch, our wonderful house in this wonderful place, the fabulous produce we have easy access to…I could go on. #TeamLovinLife

  4. Without a doubt, there is always something to be thankful for…. even if it’s just that the day is over (when it’s a really bad day). 99% of the time, I can find something positive to be grateful for if I just take a moment. I’m trying to get my kids to do the same at the dinner table each night 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

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