Around The Thanksgiving Table

Last I read, there are an estimated 250,000 (non-military) Americans living here in the United Kingdom, about 100,000 of whom are in London. There have always been Americans here, though. What has changed in recent decades, obviously, is the new immediacy of media – especially, now, social media.

Probably due to all that is now seen at a distance of the holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving has been evolving into a bit of “a thing” here in the last few years. As an American it’s flattering that this day that’s so quintessentially “ours” and no one is really “pushing” at others abroad to observe (unlike, say, the NFL) is nodded to in various ways. Some British supermarkets even do Thanksgiving displays.

“Black Friday” sales have weirdly also appeared. That although there is no actual Thanksgiving holiday today. It’s hilarious:

Screen capture of the Argos web site.
Screen capture of the Argos web site.

Because it’s a normal workday, we aren’t having anything really special dinner-wise this evening. Ah, but those family gatherings in America? I suspect I know what many of you will be doing (enduring?) today over in the U.S…

A late relative's home in America. [Photo by me, many Thanksgivings ago.]
A late relative’s home in America. [Photo by me, many Thanksgivings ago.]

I remember back when I was a teen and a young adult – the grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and chatter…and, worst of all, the sometimes unsettling personal questions asked at the table:

Excerpt from "Frontiers." Click to expand.
Excerpt from “Frontiers.” Click to expand.

The “crazy” relations may drive you bananas today as they seem to do every year. Trust me, they won’t be around forever. Don’t take it all too seriously. Enjoy it.

Happy Thanksgiving, wherever you are in the world. 🙂