my first thanksgiving

November 25, 2013


This week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. I am feeling more and more that Thanksgiving is being edged out by Halloween and the impending holiday frenzy. Please take a moment and enjoy the thoughts I shared in my November Newsletter about the holiday:


November marks the start of the “busy” season for most of us and the beginning of the holiday frenzy. The other day, I was looking for a radio station in the car and noticed one that already said Christmas (I have satellite radio, so the description comes up on a little screen in my car). It was October 28th! When did it become OK for Christmas to creep into October?

I moved to the United States from Australia when I was 10. Our trip took us from Canberra, Australia to LA, San Francisco, Chicago and then to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. We arrived just days before Thanksgiving. A new country, very far from home and with very different traditions. The first Thanksgiving we shared with my dads boss. Through the years, my mum would make Thanksgiving dinner and we would have many other transplanted Australians gather with us as a way to feel connected.

Having lived in the US for 36 years, I embrace Thanksgiving as a time to spend with family and to make my own traditions for my children. I love this holiday. We travel to my sister-in laws in the bay area each year and my children look forward to the Thanksgiving weekend more than any other weekend of the year. Our traditions and celebrations encompass not only Thanksgiving Day but also the day after. My sister-in law and her husband have provided a space for my children to understand the meaning of family and the importance of that connection and for that I am grateful.

This month, I encourage you to take a moment to think about your own Thanksgiving story. On Thanksgiving, pause, breathe and remember the importance of sharing space with loved ones. Create a new tradition or really embrace the traditions you have in place.

Lets take back this day and not let it become sandwiched between costumes and holiday mayhem.


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