Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. I know it can be a bit controversial, but in my opinion, nothing beats a celebration that requires a lot of sitting around with friends and family, eating all day, watching the Macy’s Day Parade and endless football games, and then eating some more.
In my family, this tradition requires feasting to begin at around 10 am (breakfast), moving on to lunch at around 1 pm, and then dessert at 3 pm, leftovers for snacks at around 6pm, and dinner at around 8pm, and then a final dessert just before bed. Now, the food never really leaves the table, so it’s not quite like these are set meals or anything, it’s just a general open chow-down. Honestly. It’s all day eating. And the best part of all: no gifts required. Because, truly, we eat a lot on every other holiday too (we are Italian after all), but this is the only one that doesn’t require any sort of advance prep or have special religious overtones. It’s just a day to hang out and eat.
Unfortunately, living abroad, we do not have quite the same Thanksgiving experience. I do not prepare meats at home (I have some sort of wierd phobia about raw meats), we don’t have any family here in Malaysia, and of course, we don’t have the day off from work (the most essential piece of the puzzle).
This is not to say that we will not be celebrating with family though – thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we will be experiencing a virtual Thanksgiving with my family back in Connecticut and New York. We’ll be video coferencing with iChat and iSight cameras. It always makes me feel like a bit of a celebrity when my entire family is crowded around the camera, waiting for the chance to say hello. And since this online extravaganza usually only happens once a year (with the extended family), there’s usually a long line of relatives waiting to chat with Kimmy. I’m looking forward to it already!
Enjoy your special day of eating, sitting, eating, watching, talking, and eating some more!
Turkey image from: http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/985090/2/istockphoto_985090_thanksgiving_turkey.jpg
Macy’s Day Parade image from: http://www.markdroberts.com/images/Macys-Barney-t.jpg