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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving dear, dear readers! This is my 5th Thanksgiving in England and that seems like quite a milestone. So far my celebrations have gone like this: Year 1- potluck with fellow American students and friends. Year 2- House party thrown by my sweet English housemates. Year 3- Sam and I hosted some friends. Year 4- we were between homes and had Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant. Which brings me to my 5th year.

Today I am thankful for so many things. It’s funny that gratitude sometimes gets relegated to just this one day of the year and we forget to express our thankfulness for what we do have.

I am thankful for my loving family and friends, but most especially my mom. I am thankful that Sam is in my life, and that we cherish the time we get to spend together. I am thankful that even though I don’t get see my best friend GB as much as I’d like that when we do see each other it’s like no time has past at all. I am thankful that I’ve finally found a job I enjoy doing. I’m thankful that we’ve lived in one place for almost a year (our flat anniversary is in 2 days), where as in the previous 2 years I had moved more than 10 times. I’m thankful that I have a UK visa. I’m thankful that we can pay our bills and never need to go hungry. I am thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to travel. I’m thankful for all the education I’ve received and the new things I continue to learn.  I am thankful for the adventures that I’ve gone on, and those that still await me.

What are you thankful for this year?

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  • What a sweet, sweet post, Amanda! Reading this made me warm inside. Today for Thanksgiving, I get to head to work i na few minutes! Not sure if I will try to introduce this holiday to my EU friends this year. Last year I had a huge feast in Paris 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, Amanda!

    P.S. Do UK-ers celebrate Thanksgiving? I thought it was an American holiday?

    • No they don’t! my housemates only hosted it in my honour 🙂 which was extra nice of them! Happy Thanksgiving Tee! Are you doing anything after work? x

  • 5th Thanksgiving in England is definitely quite the milestone! I am so thankful for my family both here and in Iceland, my awesome job, and that I get to go home for Christmas. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

  • I second what Tee said. Such a sweet post, Amanda! I’m thankful for a lot of things you already listed – friends, travel, education etc. – so rather than simply list them all again, I’ll just say ditto and add the kick-ass cappuccino sitting in front of me to the list. Just what’s needed this morning! lol 🙂 x

  • This is great! Congratulations on 5 years in England 🙂 I too made a Thanksgiving post expressing what I was grateful for but I agree that it is strange we focus our gratitude on one day out of the year. Nevertheless I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Amanda! I hope you enjoy your day!

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Have a wonderful day 🙂 xx

  • Happy thanksgiving! It’s one of those holidays I have never quite “understood” for want of a better word, but it seems like such a good one – not much pressure really, just good food, friends and family. Sounds amazing!

    • Exactly- at the heart of it, Thanksgiving is just about sharing a great meal with people that you love. 🙂 xx

  • Happy Thanksgiving to you too, lovely!!! xxx

  • Ala

    Yay! Happy Thanksgiving to you Amanda!!! Will you be cooking a meal? This is a lovely post xxxx

  • What a beautiful thankful list! I didn’t realize you’d been in the UK for so long either. This is only our second Thanksgiving here, and only my second actually cooking for the holiday. Maybe next year I’ll be confident enough in my cooking skills to invite friends over to join us! 🙂

    • I’m sure your cooking skills are awesome. Maybe you could do it potluck style in the future and then it would just be an excuse to get friends together! Hope you had a great day yesterday! xx

  • Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for. I hope you enjoy your 5th Thanksgiving in the UK. 🙂

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    A flativersary and thanksgiving in the same week – you’re going to be partied out! 😉
    I love this post. It’s so important to recognise the things we have to be thankful for, and although it would be great to do this every day, it is also nice to take stock once in a while.

    I’m thankful for my wonderful family, especially the new addition, who is happy, healthy and gorgeous. He makes me proud to be his mama.

  • A little late, but happy thanksgiving! I had my first ever thanksgiving meal last night thanks to Dannielle, it was delicous! x

  • Happy, Happy Thanksgiving Amanda!!! I hope you had a wonderful day 🙂

  • Lovely little list. Happy flatversary! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving sweets.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, and congrats on being settled in one place for a whole year! I’ve moved around quite a lot over the years, too, so I totally understand the allure of staying put and being allowed to make a place your own. I hope you had an amazing 5th (wow!) Thanksgiving in the UK 🙂

  • I’m thankful for all the friends I’ve made this year via my little blog! And I’m of course thankful for travel, the education that has allowed me to do so and my husband—who makes me smile each and every day!

  • Living in one place for awhile is nice! I do love moving a lot, but more so when I’m just living in furnished places. Moving around Ohio these last few years has been less fun with furniture and stuff. Annnnnd Dan and I will be moving again sometime next year. At least we’ll have stayed in our first rental house together for a year or so by the time we move.

    • Luckily all my moves were sans furniture and as all of them were furnished- until this flat which came without furnishings and we had to buy bits and pieces. I both like and hate owning furniture. Its a strange conundrum. (I like having it- it’s pretty necessary, but I hate the idea of having it cart it around next time we move) x