Happy American Thanksgiving!

by Rebecca A. Watson on November 28, 2013

in gratitude, holidays, life, Thanksgiving

I’ve been checking out NPR’s Project Expat, which has all sorts of people celebrating my favorite American holiday around the world. Before I left for Germany, I really thought I would be among them.

After all, Thanksgiving has always been among the best holidays around. No gifts or religion. Just home-cooked awesomeness and something everyone can agree on: gratitude.

Food. Something we all can get behind.

Food. Something we all can get behind.

It turns out I won’t be trying to stuff a turkey into my tiny convection oven or wonder exactly how one makes cranberry sauce when the fruit is nowhere to be seen (yet) in the grocery store. Sure a few of us Americans talked about doing a smaller meal at Sante’s office, but it never materialized.

And weirdly, the thing I am grateful for this year is that we aren’t having a Thanksgiving. Sure I’ll miss the days off with family and friends and all the delicious pie, but my life is so different and full right now, there’s only room for pockets of thankfulness throughout the days, weeks and months.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I could put together a killer meal for the friends we have here, but I’ve got a German final to study for, my anniversary to celebrate, blog posts to write, friends to Skype, vacations to plan, hats to knit and miles to run. I’m busy living the life I’m grateful for.

And that life includes keeping a borrowed shopping cart in my garage.

And that life includes keeping a borrowed shopping cart in my garage.

The idea behind Thanksgiving is awesome, but isn’t it better to indulge in gratitude a little everyday rather than binge hard once a year? I guess it depends on who you ask, but for me, I choose moderation. At least this year.

But that’s not to say I don’t support every single turkey (or tofurkey) dinner that’s out there. So happy Thanksgiving. May your team win and your leftovers be plentiful, including your leftover gratitude 😉

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