Thanksgiving in England
Posted on November 27, 2008 by yankeebean
Us three Ameri-brits ususally trade writing so we each write one once a day… but today isn’t just ANY day, it’s freakin THANKSGIVING!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!
This is officially my fourth Thanksgiving in England. Since I arrive on ‘the island’ I’ve been determined to build my own mini-tradition here because home-sickness is such a beast this time of year.
I remember my first Thanksgiving/Christmas I spent here after I moved for good. I was just so glad when it was over… I cried so much I kept expecting my face to crinkle up and cave in from lack of moisture. Poor Mr. NiceGuy, he worked so hard that year to keep me happy in an impossible situation. Even the SIGHT of a Christmas pudding made me cry that year. WHY?? Because I empathized with the raisins???
The thing about Tradition is that you have to work at it. Thanksgiving comes but once a year (thank God), so it takes forever to get traditions up and running. But I’ve got it on the move! Four years in and I’m still yolked to my home-sickness, but I’ve got traditions to attend to… no time to sit around and mope!! I’ve got to…
Go to Starbucks and buy my first Christmas red-cupped sugar-laden coffee extravaganza
Watch Miracle on 34th Street (the original, black and white, YEAH!)
Get the house ready for the Thanksgiv-ers that are invading tonight.
Put the tree up and the lights and all that gubbins
Find all my Christmas CD’s (and probably buy some new ones)
Walk around and look at all the Christmas decorations in York
and much more…
Hooray for traditions! Since the alternative is missing my family so much that I start to rock back-and-forth slowly like a crazy person. The JOYS of being an American in England…
Better get started!!!
(ps – tune in tomorrow for the result of our Thanksgiving poll!)