The Brits know about this holiday, they've had to understand that it's because of their ancestors wanting a better life than what they had in dreary, soggy England to live in the New World brought them over and voilà, Thanksgiving and Black Friday were born!
Our 1st Thanksgiving here was such a big disappointment. We heard that an 'American' BBQ was offering a Thanksgiving meal, turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce..the works! So a bunch of us, 10 I think, went there and was eager to see the spread. They served the table on slabs of wood and needless to say it was such a let down. The saddest moment was seeing Kevin's reaction to their pumpkin pie which turned out to be sweet potato-ish pie. Don't try to fool a southern with this, I saw through their rouse.
The 2nd Thanksgiving was when we went to another 'American' Diner type restaurant as they too had advertised out front they were serving a Thanksgiving Feast! We walked in and thought we'd smell the bird in the oven and well, no. The menu card read: Turkey Burger served with a side of Sweet Potato Fries and that's it. No cranberry dressing, not even dipping sauce.
However this past year we figured enough is enough. Our dear friend, Mark put his foot down and prepared a roast turkey and well, all the fixings any American Mom would have been proud to put on their table. We celebrated on the Saturday after as the Brits don't have the day off....why not? No matter. We sufficiently stuffed ourselves beyond belief because that is exactly what you do on Thanksgiving. I won't mention how many bottles of wine and other adult beverages we had too. After all, we're not driving! I haven't owned a car for 3 years! No need to have one here unless you're going to Costco or Ikea, but that's a different posting.
This year the 3 of us, Mark, me and Kevin are going to friends of Kevin's from work on Saturday. It's been said this is a Pot Luck Party and 20 people may show up. Could be interesting blog post.
So with that I want to say that I'm thankful to have this opportunity to be able to write a post from London. I'm thankful to have finally landed a job here. I'm thankful for the new people I've met in this new job. I'm thankful for having the chance to do something completely different than what I've done in the past. I'm thankful to be healthy and that my little family here is as well. I'm thankful that I got to spend time with my nephews and the friends and family I have back in the US even if it was during a sad time. I'm thankful for having the ability to say I was on the right side of history with our recent presidential elections. I'm continuously happy for having met Kevin 16 years ago.
Now if I could figure out how to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.....