We will soon be celebrating Thanksgiving. No, the rest of Germany has not started celebrating this very American holiday, but here at the McKay Horst & Rackley house we will be roasting a bird.
Like most Americans, we have never celebrated the original meaning of Thanksgiving, you know, where the pilgrims came, ate with the Native Americans, then stole their land and gave them V.D. and small pox. I do remember having Thanksgiving Day plays at school, something about learning to be a good citizen and share, but they never told us about the sharing of V.D. and small pox bit.
In my family, Thanksgiving has always been a time where we have celebrated family and good food. We do enjoy getting together and cooking lots of food, for any reason.
So this holiday, more than any other, is a little hard for me since we are so far away.
This year will be even more different for us. The whole clan is not able to be together. Last year was new, we were far from the States, but our little family unit was all together. This year, Sierra will be Stateside, and the rest of us are here in Germany. We are cooking a turkey (Truthahn is the German word for turkey, for those who wanted to know) and all of the other Thanksgiving Day required items, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole,pumpkin pie, (for me, and me only since Cheyenne and Dirk do not like it…I know, they are crazy. I had to buy the canned pumpkin mix at the import store.)rolls, and we have managed to get some cranberry sauce. Suzie brought some for us when she came to Germany for a visit. (Yes, I had her bring me two cans of cranberry sauce from NC so that we would have some for Turkey Day).
So, obviously, I am a bit sad about the family being apart. I thought I should make a list of the things that I am thankful for to help remind me that, well, I am thankful for a lot of things.
- My husband. He is amazing.
- Healthy and successful kids. All three of our kids are doing well. Can’t really ask for more than that.
- Jack the Dog, he entertains me every single day. He also forces me to leave the house, even when I am not feeling like leaving the house, and this is a good thing.
- Newt the Cat. He is actually a bit of an asshole. He reminds me to never get too comfortable, or something will bite you in the butt…usually him.
- My ever growing plant jungle. I just love to see the plants thriving, they give me such joy and the green helps me get through the dark winters.
- Our neighbors. Without them I would not have so many lovely plants, and furniture. They have helped make our apartment a home from our first day here forward.
- All of my blogging friends from all over the freaking world, you know who you are.
- Universal Healthcare, it rocks and everyone should be able to have it.
What are you thankful for this year? What is your “must have” dish for your Thanksgiving gathering? Are you a Thanksgiving purist, or do you try new dishes each year?
The beginnings of the Thanksgiving meal, more to come of course. Now let’s hope I can find some collard greens this year!