Saturday, November 15, 2008

Looking forward to our first Thanksgiving...

This year has been a time of many firsts, from my first car, to the first time living overseas, our first West Hollywood Halloween Costume Parade, to the delights of the first puppy of my adult life and at the end of this month we'll get to enjoy our first Thanksgiving here in the U.S.A.
Thanksgiving Cooper and turkey
I've only ever experienced Thanksgiving through movies and U.S. TV shows, like Friends or Will & Grace, where some farcical situation ensues or it's portrayed as the obligatory pained holiday spent with the family or in-laws.
Thanksgiving scarecrow and Cooper
Luckily we'll get to spend the holiday with friends and get to have a traditional home cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, with turkey and all the trimmings, thanks to a very kind invitation.
Thanksgiving Cooper and stick
I'm not really sure what to expect but I understand lots of eating and drinking is norm, so I'm sure I'll be able to manage that quite easily.

Obviously it's not just our first Thanksgiving, but also Cooper's first everything, so I'm sure he's equally excited. He's especially thrilled to pose with all the local West Hollywood decorations (honest!).
Thanksgiving scarecrow and pup
Our neighbours seem to embrace the season's festivities in the same way they did Halloween, as pumpkins, harvest greetings and scarecrows abound.

So we're looking forward to all the turkey, corn, pumpkin, cranberries, stuffing and all the other yummy things we can eat on Thursday November 27th.

Gobble, gobble...


J said...

It'll be my third thanksgiving here, and I still don't get it, but my UK centric explanation is this:

We have Christmas, which is about 2 things: getting extended families together to fight, eat and drink; and getting presents. Americans split christmas into two. The first half is about families and eating and drinking. This is very sensible, as it removes all of the turmoil about the 'true meaning of christmas' - you want to sit around and eat and drink and watch TV at christmas, but you feel like you should, you know, be nice to people and stuff.

But no one needs to worry about the 'true meaning of thanksgiving' because the true meaning of thanksgiving is to eat and drink as much as possible, and watch TV afterwards. (The TV part wasn't there at the beginning, but if it had, it would have been watched.)

At christmas, you don't need to make such a big deal (they don't do boxing day here, and it's not a holiday), you just have to be nice to people, give/get presents, and go back to work.

Trent said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

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