Rules Schmules

As Thanksgiving approaches I am reminded of the old traditions and celebrations that American holidays bring. It’ll be quite the change to be in a country where holidays like Thanksgiving and The Fourth of July (among others) are not celebrated. For that reason and many more, this Thanksgiving will be an extra special celebration for me.

When speaking with Si about holidays and traditions, he’s been very supportive about the change I’ll be experiencing; having to work on those classic American holidays whilst everyone back home is off and celebrating. We’ve discussed the possibility of us hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for his family at some point, something that will help them better understand where I come from and also something that will help me connect with home whilst I’m away. It’ll be a little easier hosting his family than my own seeing as how mine will be 4,000 miles away; well that and most of his family can fit into one dining room whereas mine doesn’t exactly work that way. You see, if my entire family is gathered there are about 45 boisterous bodies running about and yes, before you ask, my grandparents were Catholics.

In all honesty I’m excited and very much looking forward to creating our own traditions whilst at the same time incorporating some of those I grew up with; it’s important to me that we get that mixture, together. The great thing is, there are no rules. We get to do as we please and make our own way, creating new traditions and blending them with old. And really, does it get much better?

This year I’m most thankful for love and for family. And lucky for me, I have an abundance of both.

3 thoughts on “Rules Schmules

  1. Honestly, I didn’t really notice not being off for Thanksgiving while I was abroad. Christmas, yes, because Asia doesn’t celebrate it the way we do. You’ll have holidays that Americans won’t, but it’s not as weird as you’d think. What will be wonderful is finding other American expats and celebrating Tgiving with them; because the commercialism of the holiday will be gone, it really and truly feels like a time to be thankful.


    1. That’s a great way to look at it; hopefully in time I’ll be able to connect with other American expats. Definitely something to be thankful for, meeting new people, building new friendships. That and turkey, turkey is always a good reason to be thankful.


  2. New traditions and holidays at gonna be great!! So many new reasons to celebrate. And whatever you do, don’t give up your American holiday… my cousin lived in Switzerland for three years and you better believe she made friends with Americans there and they (plus the Swiss friends) partied it UP on the 4th and thanksgiving, etc. It’s very important to keep the old… no reason not to. Those holidays have special memories and don’t need to be given up. I’m sure you’ll find plenty who celebrate them and it’s an AWESOME idea to share them with your new extension of your family!


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