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My Thanksgiving Day Wishes from Australia

November 26, 2015

A Time to give thanksHappy Thanksgiving(1)

Thanksgiving is the time when friends and family gather together to give thanks and commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Fathers in 1621 It is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November.

As I write this post I had intended to write for our friends in North America who are celebrating their Thanksgiving holiday.  However, just because I live in another country, doesn’t mean I can’t be thankful for all that I have in life.

My message on this Thanksgiving Holiday is to ALL WHO READ THIS WHEREVER YOU LIVE.

With so much sadness and anger in the world, why not take time to pause and reflect on all the good that you have.  We shouldn’t need a day to remind us but if we do then let’s make sure we do think about more than just ourselves.

I think we need a kindess campaign – idealistic thinking but if we all did one act of kindness each day surely the world would be a better place.

As an Australian we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving unless you are an expat of the United States.  I have however visited the East Coast of America during the Thanksgiving Holidays and was swept up in the excitement and generosity of spirit.

Here are 4 things I love about the Thanksgiving Holiday

1. A time to give thanks

Although we should be grateful for all that we have each day, it is quite easy to get caught up in life.  We are so busy we sometimes forget to take time to pause, reflect and give thanks for all the good things in our lives.  Our family, friends, health, food and life itself.  Simple really, but sometimes forgotten in the stresses of the day.

I love that at least for one day during the year, people actually stop and give thanks for what they have.

2. Family & Friends

In Australia, Christmas is usually the time that families and friends ensure they are together, however, Thanksgiving is a holiday that families in the U.S. will not miss being together.

I was on a bus from New York to Boston on Thanksgiving Day.  It was cold and rainy, however everyone was in high spirits as they travelled to their family Thanksgiving Dinner.  I heard snippets of phone conversations advising time of arrival and the excitement in the voices was contagious.  I was caught up in the atmosphere.

Even though we were going to a hotel with no family, we were warmly greeted and made welcome into the ‘hotel family’.  Everyone is so welcoming to strangers as they extend the hand of friendship and kindness.

3. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

I love the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I was in New York a few days before and witnessed the preparations and reshearsals.  In Australia, we don’t have many parades but Macy’s and New York certainly know how to put on a show!  Huge floats, costumes, balloons, bands it is all there.  People line up from early morning to have a front row place and the children’s eyes are shining with excitement – even the adults are smiling and feeling good.

4. Food

Oh the food!  The turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, cornbread, followed by pumpkin pie.

 

So on this Thanksgiving Holiday I wish everyone peace, love and happiness not only today but each day, because we could certainly use a good share of that this year.

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22 Comments

  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton December 1, 2015 at 14:44

    I love this, I wish that there were more holidays that reminded us to be thankful. You are proof that you don’t have to be American to give thanks! Perhaps we need to make a Thanksgiving each season. How fun. And girl, I love the side dishes. For me it’s all about the potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, carrots with honey and ginger. Oh, and the dips before hand, yummy nibbly appetizer things. Yum! Now I’m hungry! xx

    • Reply sue December 2, 2015 at 09:02

      Oh you are making me hungry! I wish I lived nearby and could pop over for a coffee!

  • Reply Amber Temerity November 11, 2016 at 08:43

    Oooh Thanksgiving. We don’t have a lot of family around us to celebrate with, but I think it makes us appreciate it all the more. And yummmm for food! Not great for my diet but oh so good for my soul.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:38

      Sometimes we just need to do what is good for our soul Amber. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Stacey W November 11, 2016 at 13:29

    So thankful for such a wonderful blogging community!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2016 at 17:44

      Yes I’ve been amazed at the friendliness of bloggers since I started and I’ve made some wonderful connections all over the world.

  • Reply Molly Stevens November 11, 2016 at 22:00

    I love Thanksgiving, Sue, and I think it gets the short end of the holiday stick since there isn’t a lot of money in it. That may be one reason I like it so much. It has not been commercialized. I have many fond memories of shared dinners with my extended family. I’m sad to say those days have passed after the passing of my parents but we are establishing new traditions with our next generation to carry forward.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 12, 2016 at 10:34

      I’ve loved the times I’ve been in the US during Thanksgiving even though we haven’t had a Thanksgiving dinner as such, everyone is so lovely and helpful. Should be year round shouldn’t it!

  • Reply gigi November 17, 2016 at 05:11

    Thank you for remembering the US! I live in France but will always celebrate Thanksgiving!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2016 at 07:42

      My pleasure Gigi! It seems like such a happy holiday in the US and I’ve visited there during this time – everyone makes you feel so welcome.

  • Reply Silly Mummy November 17, 2016 at 09:03

    That’s a nice idea! I lived in the States briefly in my teens and have experienced Thanksgiving.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2016 at 14:31

      I’ve visited at Thanksgiving and everyone makes you feel so welcome.

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski November 22, 2016 at 07:32

    Sue – it is wonderful to see how much you enjoyed American Thanksgiving when you were here. And you are right – so much strife in the world today. A kind word or deed each day is something we should all focus on. Thankful to have met you and to have you as a friend this first year of blogging!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2016 at 11:21

      Yes I love this time of year in the US and am feeling quite sentimental this year Cathy. I’m thankful to have met you and your first year of blogging has been wonderful.

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski November 22, 2016 at 07:32

    Thanksgiving is always a wonderful holiday. It’s a time to forget about the bad things that are happening and focus on the good. This year may be challenging for some families, but we shall hope they all get through it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2016 at 11:21

      Hopefully Thanksgiving this year may be a time for healing after the elections earlier in the month. Fingers crossed for you all Rebecca. x

  • Reply Carol Cassara November 22, 2016 at 10:18

    I love hearing the perspective from your side of the world. Thankful for YOU!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2016 at 11:23

      Oh how lovely of you Carol! Please take care – hopefully life in the US will get better for you all. xx

  • Reply Ellen Dolgen November 22, 2016 at 10:35

    I love the holiday season. It makes me joyful to see the decorations go up and the holiday commercials. It is wonderful. We have many fond memories of taking our kids to the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving parade. We are having a pajama thanksgiving day at my daughter house here in Southern California. We will all watch the parade and spend the day together. I can’t wait!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2016 at 11:23

      Me too Ellen! How lovely having a pajama thanksgiving day sounds perfect! Enjoy your family especially your gorgeous grandchildren.

  • Reply Rosemond November 23, 2016 at 09:54

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it makes us stop for even a moment and recall all that we have in our lives.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 10:03

      Yes we don’t have Thanksgiving in Australia but when the US celebrates we obviously see it in the media so it reminds us here on the other side of the world to give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

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