It is Tuesday.
We are in the middle of the Thanksgiving week.
ONLY two days until TURKEY day!
Thanksgiving is one of those American holidays I have really learned to LOVE!!
I love how people get together, enjoy a lot of good food in good company, reflect upon the year.
I love that it is LATE fall.
Hopefully Thanksgiving day will be brisk and cool.
I think the cold weather goes so well with the holiday.
Thanksgiving is one of those holidays when people really want to get together.
When my Swedish friends, L and M, were newly pregnant, and very new to The US, they had no idea what they would do for Thanksgiving. If you are not accustomed to a holiday you have no idea how to celebrate etc. Neither does the holiday HAVE any meaning.
My friends went to a doctor's appointment during Thanksgiving Week ,and the midwife asked what they would do for Thanksgiving.
-Oh, we don't celebrate that holiday. We will just be at home, the two of us.
-BUT, don't you have ANY family here?
-No, they are all in Sweden. But, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Sweden.
The midwife got concerned and invited them to dinner at her house
-OH, come over to my house! Nobody can be alone on Thanksgiving! Please do COME!!
It took some convincing that it was no big deal for L and M not to celebrate.
Actually, you have no idea HOW you'd celebrate when you are new to a country.
Just compare it to Midsummer or Lucia in Sweden. How would you possible know if you were brand new?
Now L and M have been in the US for 17 years and they have their own strong Thanksgiving traditions.
When I was new in the US, I always had PETER to rely on. And, his family.
Peter's parents are great cooks. They put on a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with the best foods and drinks.
Thank you for that, the B family. It was very easy for me to fall in love with Thanksgiving.
Peter, Karolina and I have our strong traditions, too.
On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving we go out for a nice dinner. Then we'll buy pastries for breakfast (Thanksgiving morning).
We also ALWAYS watch an episode of Friends on the Wednesday before Turkey-day, you know the episode, The One with All the Thanksgivings. OH it is so GOOD!!
Thanksgiving morning we have breakfast in bed while watching the big Thanksgiving parade from NYC.
Later in the day we're going to Peter's sister's house. Melinda is a great, great cook. It is always a feast at her house. Peter's parents are there + Sam's sister. Always nice.
After dinner we'll watch a holiday movie. A Christmas movie. Then we're all so stuffed from dinner that we're almost fainting.
And, Black Friday is Black Friday!!
The start of the Christmas Season. And our DAY out!
Lunch with Friends
A Movie (I want to see Anna Karenina this year!!!)
Sing-along-Christmas songs as they lit the Christmas tree in Reston Town center
Dinner with our friends.
A lovely day!
Did I mention that I love this time of the year!
Have a nice, nice Tuesday!!