American holidays tend to just come and go over here. No pre-excitement and minimal (good or bad) fuss, if any at all. We’ve even found ourselves missing the smaller holidays altogether – not even realizing until someone asks us if/how we celebrate. Well, we don’t! And while that’s a bit sad – especially in the first year when you’re just trying to survive culture shock and stresses – there are (at least) two neat bits that come out of this:
- We get to design and craft our own traditions for the larger, select holidays like Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving.
- The small community of Americans come together as family to celebrate. There’s nothing in America like our little pocket celebrations.
Last Thanksgiving we were invited to a friends house for a potluck dinner with a few other families. They led us through their tradition of pinning feathers of thankfulness on a paper turkey. We were each given a construction paper feather to write the highlights of our previous year, and then we shared with the group. There was sharing. There was laughter. There was together-ness. And that’s just like the Thanksgivings we left back in America. 🙂