Last year I celebrated my first Thanksgiving in the USA but it was all a blur as I had just arrived in the country 2 weeks previous, I was meeting my future parents in law and I was still only settling in to life here. So this year I will have the full experience and get to enjoy it rather than have it pass me by.
But as usual I have to ask the question, What is Thanksgiving? Well a quick Google search comes up with plenty of answers and the easiest one is from History.com ‘In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.’
So today we celebrate a autumn harvest and be thankful for everything we have. Of course Thanksgiving has evolved over the centuries and like Christmas it can be an excuse to eat and drink to much and spend lots of money. But today we are going to be surrounded by friends and the parents in law have joined us again this year, and yes we will have a lovely huge dinner but it’s the fact that we will have friends and family with us that makes today special.
Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Ireland but with the close connections between the 2 countries and with the world becoming smaller a lot of Irish people will wish the American friends a Happy Thanksgiving today, just like Americans will wish their Irish friends a Happy St Patrick’s Day in March.
Today actually began last night with early preparations, getting plates ready, cutlery sorted and some pre cutting of vegetables for dinner. To be able to experience the whole Thanksgiving with Leanne as my wife, her parents and friends is something very special.
Finally I would like to wish my whole American family, my wife Leanne, my parents in law, Robert and Terri, my sister in law and her husband, Melissa and Mickey a lovely Thanksgiving. I will extend that with to everyone here in the USA who I have encountered since my arrival last year and especially those that have become friends and have showed lovely kindness in welcoming me into the group. And last but not least Happy Thanksgiving to all the people I have met, worked with or just socialized with, not only in the last year, but over all the years I have been coming to the USA.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone