Thanksgiving for two in Taiwan

As I sit here at work on a Monday I can not help but think about the holiday I am missing out on at home. What I miss about Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the holiday itself. I suppose the meaning of the day has really changed for everyone. It is not about pilgrims and indians or whatever we learned in school. Thanksgiving is about a time for families and friends to get together and be thankful for everything we have in our lives. And traditionally a time to stuff our faces.

This thanksgiving I am thankful for my family and friends who stay connected with me even though I am on the other side of the world. I am thankful for my new nephew and I can not wait to meet him. I am thankful to be working in a job I love. But most of all I am thankful to be living with and loving my other half everyday.

There are some positives to making your own holiday in a country which does not celebrate it. We can choose to celebrate however we like (or I like since JP doesn’t really celebrate Thanksgiving until now) For example we didn’t have turkey and stuffing so we used whatever we could find to make a nice meal and shared it together. There was no over eating or belts taken out a few notches like Thanksgiving meals at home. There was no endless snacking and going for desserts even though we are full. It was simply a weekend together filled with studying, lesson planning, movie nights in bed and home cooked meals of comfort food for two.

Although I feel so lucky to be living the life I have there are a few things I do miss about thanksgiving. I miss having a long weekend (being at work on a holiday Monday sucks), eating leftovers, visiting family, leaves falling and changing colors. I miss the cold in the breeze and Tim’s hot apple cider with cinnamon. JP just misses Tim Horton’s in general and randomly shouts it out in sorrow.


I forgot to mention it is 35 plus out today and sunny. Currently, I am in flip flops, shorts, a t-shirt and sweating as I teach my students who are wearing long sleeves because it is "fall".

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. another plus about being in another country on thanksgiving is you didn't gain the 5 pounds everyone at home did this weekend :)

    lovin' the blogs denise :)

  2. That was beautiful, love and miss u xxxoo


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