Saturday, 28 November 2015

Friendsgiving 2015 | lifestyle


The start of the festive season for me, is always marked by Thanksgiving but how go a group of British people living in England end up celebrating Thanksgiving? 

Let's start with what Thanksgiving is. According to Wikipedia it is 'It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year', according to what I understood from American's I have spoke to, it is a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate what you are thankful for, both for the past year, but also in your life in general. It also has roots in English history hundreds of years ago.
For us, it all started about 8 years ago when my beautiful friend landed here, in the middle of England, fresh from California and craving here Thanksgiving dinner. Having spent a lot of time in America throughout my life, I knew about Thanksgiving, but when Soph decided she would host her first very own Thanksgiving, I was pretty excited to start a new tradition of 'Friendsgiving' where we would all get together every year and celebrate a British take on this great holiday. So, although every year there are people who say we shouldn't celebrate because we're not American, I love our tradition and who doesn't love an excuse to pull everyone together and have fun, enjoy good food and appreciate your friendships? Plus, we do have some American in our ranks.

Over the years there have been, many, many different faces at our Thanksgiving tables, some years we have has 20 plus, other years as few as 6 and it has been hosted in many different houses and cities, this year the American wasn't able to make it home, but it's fun to look back on the years and how different they have been. This years story, was that I tried to squeeze 8 people around a table, in a snug, we made it work though!

If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend starting a 'Friendsgiving' tradition with your friends!

Have you ever been to a Thanksgiving meal? Do you think it has to be a strictly America (or Canadian) affair?

Until next time,

Love&Kisses,

Mel

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