I have all but stopped celebrating traditional Thanksgiving. For one, it isn't a national holiday outside the US and two, I had to work today.
When the boys were younger and I could devote my days to domesticity, I would make a small nod to the Thanksgiving dinners of my past and try to instill a little bit of US family tradition. Now that the older boys have left home and I'm working full time, I don't bother. Don't get me wrong, I'm still grateful for all of God's blessings in my life, I am just not going to cook a huge meal to celebrate.
The Man of the Place is a vegetarian and our youngest boy George thinks that he might be a vegetarian too. So, I would be the only person eating turkey if I cooked one. Last year I had a Thanksgiving dinner on the Saturday following and had a few people over. That was fun. Most of the turkey was eaten and those who had never been to a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner got to try some of the things they heard about. One of the guests last year was a former Minnesota resident so I made tater tot hotdish as one of the side dishes.
Tonight we're going to have bangers and mash. Instead of ordinary British pork sausages, I am substituting vegetarian sausages. I will however make a point of remembering all the reasons we have to be thankful.
Here are a few: (list is not inclusive)
- my whole family is alive and healthy
- we all have a warm place to live
- we all have food to eat
- we have clean water to drink
- we are fortunate enough to be able to travel
- I love my husband
- he loves me
- I love my children
- and I know they love me
- we have some fantastic friends
- we have a great house
- I love living in our village
- I love living in Scotland
- we got to dive in the Red Sea this year
- I love my new dog Polly
- I started this blog this year
- the blog got me writing again
- the blog got me back in touch with some old friends
- the blog connected me to some new and frankly, fabulous people
I hope each and every one of you have a nice Thanksgiving. If you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, just have a think about all you have to be thankful for