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Sweet! And I LOVE it when people who are obviously not born and raised here love this country and embrace it’s cultures and traditions. I hope I would be just as gracious and accepting if I lived in another country!
I will add a rule 8.
If you are overseas during Thanksgiving, please do not be offended that other countries do not celebrate it like you do.
It is a north American holiday so most other countries ignore it.
Sigh. Thank you for the news flash. Obviously it’s not a world-wide holiday, and I’ve never met an American or Canadian (as far as I’m aware, Mexico doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving – they’re North Americans, too, you know) who was “offended” that other countries don’t celebrate “our” holidays. Being far away from home at the holidays and WISHING that Thanksgiving was celebrated where you are or that it was easier to get ingredients to make Grandma’s stuffing should be understandable. It’s not a comment on the holidays or culture of another country – it’s a function of homesickness.
Sometime in the 1970s I spent Thanksgiving Day in London. I was amazed at how much the American holiday was observed.
Churches advertised special lunch time services on the day.
Restaurants offered turkey dinners complete with pumpkin pie.
The BBC aired a very interesting documentary about regional Thanksgiving customs in the USA
ITV aired ‘Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving’.
Of course, that weekend there was the annual charity auction of prize turkeys to be served at Christmas.
Years ago, I was stopped a few days before Thanksgiving in a supermarket by a Jamaican lady. She had everything she needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. She told me that her children had come home from school and told her that, as they were now Americans, it was required that they eat these certain foods on Thursday. She wasn’t too clear on exactly why, but was determined that her children follow the rules for Americans. She asked me to look over her basket and to let her know if she was missing anything that was part of the requirements. I loved her determination.
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