It is the time of the year where millions of Americans travel across the country to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is probably the only holiday they can agree to celebrate, no matter which religious belief you might have. These mass migrations take place leading up to the last Thursday in November, and the entire road, rail and air systems are gridlocked. They want to spend time with their families, and eat an innocent turkey.
It is a sense of belonging and greatfullness that started back in the day, when the firtst settlers sat down with the native indians to eat food. And, just because of that gesture by the native indians, the settlers survvied and learned to integrate into the American ecosystem.
The actual meal in itself is ‘just’ another excuse to eat excessively. There is a large selection of scrumptious pies, multitude of sides, sweet potato mash with marshmallows, and of course the main star of the dinner – the turkey.
The turkey itself is most times larger than the oven. It is actual difficult finding a turkey less than 18lbs, and I often wonder what they feed these suckers since they are that large. They are not obese, but nice and firm.
We moved here 5+ years ago, and the US has taken us in and made us feel very welcome. 99% of the people we’ve met are super friendly, and they never question why we are here.
One of the key things my wife and I have agreed upon, is that no-matter which country we live in, we have to integrate. This integration starts with adoption and celebrating the holidays and key events. You need to know these and show appreciation of the events.
We love thanksgiving. We understand why it is celebrated and love the fact that this day is a very important family day. It makes us feel part of the country and culture, especially when colleagues and friends invite us to their special days.
The other side which we we love is the food. OMG!
The food for thanksgiving is absolutely amazing. No wonder I have gained 20lbs. It’s another blog just to talk about food, but it is fantastic. Many Europeans don’t really understand the excessive eating, but we have fully embraced it.
You will never integrate if you do not participate. That’s what many foreigners don’t get. It does not mean you have to give up your national identify and heritage, but merely that you respect the country you live in. The country that has adopted you and given you opportunities to grow. That is how you respect and thank it.
But why do we celebrate Thanksgiving in our family, since we weren’t here hundreds of years ago and have limited connection to the history of Thanksgiving?
We are proud to live here. America has given us opportunities we didn’t have elsewhere. We are thankful for being allowed to participate, and we are even more thankful for being included in their culture. Our kids are flourishing. We have met new friends. We have a wonderful life. We love life!
It is not easy to explain, but we feel at home here. That is why we are thankful. We thank the American people for welcoming us with open arms.
Thank you ‘Merica!