Thursday, November 25, 2010

We have no turkey.

We have no turkey.

Nope, today's just another day over here, no sign of Thanksgiving anywhere, and the only reason I even remember what day it is, is thanks to all the people wishing each other a Happy Thanksgiving on Facebook.  If it weren't for the internet, I probably would have forgotten all about it, just like I used to when I moved here nearly 18 years ago.  Yeah, internet existed back then, but it was in it's infancy and most people didn't have access to it.  Anyway, way back then (hum, I'm starting to sound old) all the people I left behind in America couldn't understand how I could forget about Thanksgiving.

But it's easy when there's no sign of turkey, parades, or football anywhere. And Thanksgiving just isn't one of those exportable holidays, like Halloween.

So today is just another day for me, not that I'm not thankful for the many many good things in my life. 

But the kids are at school,  there's no turkey in the oven, no Macy's parade on tv, and the cat just brought me another dead mouse...it's just another ordinary day  (right now I'm quite thankful not to be that mouse).  And my plans for the afternoon?  Well they involve the exciting task of getting the kids to do their homework and later on a couple of hours of fitness class.  My kids don't even know that today is Thanksgiving, it just doesn't come up.

Do I miss it?  Not really.

By now, most Americans are probably throwing their hands in the air in horrified perplexity at my lack of interest in what is probably the most important holiday in the U.S.  But I really don't feel the need to try and recreate Thankgiving over here, I am thankful every single day for what I have, and it's not like we don't have plenty of holidays over here for friends and family to gather for meals...if there's something the Spanish are good at, it's meals.

So, there you have it, I'm a rotten American, who doesn't teach her kids about Thanksgiving.  But I have gotten very good at celebrating all the Spanish holidays with gusto...especially if they involve good wine and jamon ibérico (spanish cured ham).

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-Thanksgiving or anything, and if I were in the U.S. right now, I'd probably be making just as big a deal out of it as the next guy, but over here, it just wouldn't be the same.

But, even though I'm not celebrating today, I still want to wish those of you who do a Happy Thanksgiving.

So, how will you be celebrating (or not celebrating) today?

8 comments:

  1. El colmo, qué rápido cambiaste al pavo por el jamón :P

    Pues mi cuñada y mi hermano que no son americanos festejan Thanksgiving, ellos viven en Miami.

    Yo no se realmente qué grado de importancia tiene esta fiesta, es después de navidad la segunda más importante? o después de 4 de Julio?

    Bueno, Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias, porque a mi me molan todas las fiestas donde den una buena cena :) y se sienta paz.

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  2. I hear you. The North American holidays come and go, I make a marginal effort, but it just isn't the same. We do full-on turkey dinner for my hubby's B-day. It seems more fun and authentic to make up our own celebrations than butcher the tradtional ones.

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  3. Well, as a Canadian, I'm past the date on this....I like the holiday, we kinda did it here, but we had lasagna, cause it's what we wanted...know what I mean?

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  4. giozi: Pues, no es lo mismo celebrarlo aquí, así que paso. Aunque si estuviera allí sí que lo haría. Y creo que esta fiesta es mas importante que el 4 de julio porque es un momento para reunirse y las cenas que se preparan son impresionantes.

    Rea: Yeah, I totally agree...making up your own traditions is way more fun than trying to recreate a holiday that is just not going to be the same. And you still get to have a turkey dinner at some point, so good for you!

    orneta: Hooray for lasagna on Thanksgiving! I actually like lasagna better than turkey anyway. We had chicken curry...and some nice wine :)

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  5. I am gearing up for a second grand Thanksgiving feast over here--not because I love the holiday, but because we must placate all of the extended relatives. I wish I were serving up lasagna or something Spanish & spicy rather than my second Turkey in three days. Maybe I'll start in the on "nice wine" now rather than later...

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  6. Well, I share your sense of .. what? Perhaps a slight detachment from all the FB messages about Thanksgiving, but that's because I'm English!

    It's always an odd time for us, because on the one hand you feel it's kind of nice to have a day when you give thanks for all the good things in life, and yet on the other, it's not for us - we simply don't do Thanksgiving. It even feels strange wishing my American friends 'happy Thanksgiving'!

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  7. Our kids came home last week having studied Thanksgiving at school and told it was an 'English' fiesta... they were also dressed up as 'Indios' complete with paper feather headresses! About as politically correct as moros y cristanos then...

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  8. Karen: Nice wine is always a good start! :D

    Jay: It's even weirder for me, since I actually end up feeling guilty if I don't go around wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, because I'm American and everyone expects me to. But it doesn't feel like a holiday here since it's not, so if it weren't for Facebook I would forget entirely.

    Spainbitch: Brilliant! ;D Next thing you know the stores will be full of turkeys Indians and pilgrims. Just what we need, another imported holiday to get us to spend more money.

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