Since living outside of the United States, Thanksgiving looks a bit different. It's a day unmarked locally in each of the countries we've lived in. And, yet, it has become increasingly important to me as a part of our family's calendar.
My children may not understand the modern 'traditions' of the day in America--no day off of school, ball games playing on the television, large family gatherings or viewing of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But, my children will know the importance of pausing to celebrate the concept of being thankful.
We mark the day with a meal, conversation and taking the time to enjoy a celebratory buzz in the air. We talk about the harvest and local foods, we speak about things to be thankful for, we laugh, we tell stories, we compliment the meal, we enjoy one another. For this last piece I am extremely thankful. For me, there is no greater measure of success than knowing my husband and I are creating a family that deeply enjoys one another.
I adore watching my daughter hug her brother, my son tell his baby brother that he's so happy to have him as a part of our family, having the baby light up as his papa walks through the front door, knowing exactly what my husband is saying by the way he smiles at me. These are the moments I am thankful for. No matter where you spend your holiday, or if you even observe the day, I wish you a wonderful day full of moments spent enjoying the people you are with. Happy Thanksgiving.