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Thanksgiving in England

Posted on November 27, 2008 by yankeebean

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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!)

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  1. novice101 November 27, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    It is good to have one day in a year designated for the expression of gratefulness. We do not have one here in Malaysia. But I am always in the mood for gratefulness. Hope you don’t mind me joining in.

    The world would be less chaotic, it would be a more peaceful place if each one of us has the awareness in him that there are plenty for which he should be thankful for.

    Gratefulness gives us contentment and peace of mind. These two qualities help reduce our stress level which helps greatly in keeping us healthy.

    To remind myself of my good fortune, I have drawn up a list for my daily expression of giving thanks.

    http://novice101.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/now-is-as-good-a-time-as-any-for-thankfulness

  2. pacificyorkshirebird November 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Yankeebean,

    There is a tv commercial where loads of families are at the airport welcoming their loved ones home for the holidays. That commericial kicks off my holiday tears every time.

    Your new traditions sound fun, especially the Starbucks treat and pretty decorations! I might have to give that a try.

    Have fun with your Thanksgiv-ers and get on that phone to say hello your your family. :)

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