Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I'm assuming that's what you say anyway?!

To be honest, I wouldn't know. In New Zealand, Thanksgiving is yet another event we don't celebrate. At all. There's no turkey and cranberry, there's no cold weather outside, there's no Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and there is no day off work!

Last Thanksgiving was my first experience of the holiday ever. My FH and I had arrived in NYC the day before after 28 hours of travel. We were severely jet lagged and barely knew a thing about the city. We were staying with a family who rented out homes in their townhouse, and they had invited us to celebrate a non-traditional potluck Thanksgiving dinner with them and the other tenants in his house, as well as a group of their friends.

We had woken up crazy early and headed to Bryant Park where we had an amazing view of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and then we explored Times Square for the first time. I spent too much money at Dylan's Candy Store and M&M World, I paid some guy in a Mickey Mouse suit $1 to take a photo with me, and I fell in love with the atmosphere at the Bryant Park holiday shops.

We had a cheap and nasty (but really delicious) lunch at a gluten free pizza place on 23rd Street and we walked everywhere because we were too terrified to tackle the subway yet.

This year we're spending most of the day on a bus traveling through Tennessee. We'll arrive in our destination mid-afternoon with enough time to find somewhere that may just be open for two travelers on Thanksgiving night. I'm determined to find some turkey somewhere!

Next year I'll be back in my hometown and the day will pass without most Kiwi's giving it much thought.  They'll be probably too busy enjoying the start of summer and the New Zealand barbeque season to remember the American holiday. But I will try to remember. I'll try and have some turkey and cranberry sauce on the day, and will pretend it's cold outside while I reminisce about my life in America.

Whatever it is you're doing, where ever you are in the world, I hope you have a lovely American Thanksgiving.... or just a lovely 22nd of November :) Enjoy being with your friends and family, be thankful for what you have, and tell those you love how much they mean to you.


  1. In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October instead. That's probably good seeing as we got dumped on with snow early this year so it's looked like Christmas for the last month already. Hope you're able to find some turkey dinner tonight :)

    1. Ooh yes that was another new piece of information I learnt this year, I never knew before that the Canadian thanksgiving was at a different time! we didn't manage to find turkey, BUT I did find a delicious chocolate brownie!