28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Right now, I'm most thankful for an internet connection, which has been sorely lacking for the past couple of days...

As I have an American husband - we met in Kenya in 1987, and yes, a long story! - we shall be celebrating today like our cousins from over the pond :)

When we lived in California, after we were first married, Thanksgiving was always my favourite holiday. It seemed totally free of the commercialism and ultra-expectation that often blight Christmas, and was all about family, food and fun!

We would gather with Nick's relations - sometimes at the coast, sometimes in the mountains. Everyone brought their speciality dish - his great-aunt's roasted yams with marshmallows was my favourite, closely followed by his Mum's green beans with bacon... *sigh*

Now, we live here in the UK, it's a much smaller affair, but Nick has the day off, and we'll be having a roast turkey crown with all the trimmings. He's invited a couple of his friends to dinner tonight. The kids and I haven't met them before, but I'm sure the evening will be full of Thanksgiving blessings -  food, family, (new) friends and fun!

And I'll close with today's card which seems rather appropriate

with a lovely Mary Cassett pastel, and Mr Wilde's wise words:
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot.
In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
Amen to that!


  1. Ooooh, I hope you have a lovely thanksgiving evening! That's interesting what you say about it not seeming as commercialised as Christmas ... Do you think that's still the case nowadays? I like the concept of thanksgiving as a celebration day, I must admit - it makes an awful lot of sense.

    1. I think so - the commercialization starts tomorrow with the Black Friday sales...
      The day itself is still focused on family, friends, food and fun - things to be thankful for every day :)
      And thanks so much for stopping by, Donna :)

  2. Happy Thanskgiving! It is a wonderful holiday isn't it. I enjoy it too for the reasons you say. I have had both family Thanksgivings and friends Thanksgivings and they are both great. Enjoy your day!

  3. Thanks for sharing your blog link with me Claire - lovely to connect here too. Hope you are having a brilliant celebration.



  4. wishing you a wonderful evening with 'new' friends!

  5. Yes, let us know how it goes! :-D


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