Where has the year gone? Didn’t I just write about my Thanksgiving memories, an American holiday that I embraced in my adopted home for almost twenty years?
Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday here in the UK, but for my family, this time of year gives us another excuse for celebration: younger son’s birthday. Once again, all my chicks will back in the nest, which makes this mum very happy indeed.
In California, the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday as it’s now known) was our traditional day for buying our Christmas tree. In later years, this meant going to a nearby farm and selecting a living tree and reserving it, but we didn’t bring it home until after son’s birthday on the 29th.
Even so, this was very early by British standards. It was a novelty for me to see so many people putting up their outside Christmas lights and decorating their trees the day after Thanksgiving. Here, most people wait until closer to Christmas.
I rather liked the idea of decorating early though, and embraced it soon enough. Now, I keep to my American ways and get the decs up as soon as possible.
Quite what my distant relatives would have thought of this, I have no idea. The story goes that my great-grandfather waited until Christmas Eve before going to Covent Garden (in London) to select a fresh turkey and a Christmas tree.
Later that evening, the family gathered around the tree, singing carols as they hung the decorations. It all sounds very traditional, Dickensian even, but my blood runs cold at the very thought: how on earth can anyone pull off Christmas with so little preparation?
Although, if you were to ask my husband, he would say ‘Very easily!’ Indeed, as someone who waits until Christmas Eve to do all his shopping, I would say that he has it down to a fine art.
But enough about that. Christmas will be here soon enough. Meanwhile, please know that I shall be thinking of those of you enjoying Thanksgiving tomorrow as you tuck into your turkey with all the trimmings.
Our turn isn’t too far off…but a birthday to celebrate first and then I will take a short break from blogging until next week. I hope that this holiday season brings some time of rest for my friends on the other side of the shining sea…
My cats have the right idea about relaxation:
I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life and for you dear family, friends and loved ones.
Wishing all my dear American friends a very
See you soon…Love Sherri x