Friday, November 25, 2011

It's not too late...

... since it's still 10pm on the west coast, it's still Thanksgiving so, Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! You have to excuse me for not saying it sooner, but Thanksgiving has truly become the saddest Thursday of the year in my house. I'm convinced it's the holiday that makes us expats feel the emptiest inside.

We know that back home, family and friends are together all warm and cozy and happy, and we're far away, going about a normal Thursday, except that normal Thursday has the power to suck you into a dark, vortex of lonely spiralling, sadness, and it feels super sucky.

B L A H

But... and this is a big but... this year I am celebrating Thanksgiving! Just not on Thanksgiving. Tonight The Husband and I are headed to Aidan's house in Montpellier for a Thanksgiving weekend celebration and I couldn't be more excited. We're having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner followed by some pre-recorded American football, and there will be no French allowed at all. None (see, I told you it was exciting!).

The Husband, Fifty, and me all wish everyone a wonderful holiday and safe travels. Now I gotta go and turn my frown upside down.

gobble gobble gobble

bisou


26 comments:

  1. Oh how I understand you! Yesterday was by far the worst Thursday of the entire year! I always feel more homesick around this time of year. It seemms like fall is just more special in the U.S. and I miss the smell of pumpkin pie and that typical smell of holidays that seems to be all over the place. Here in Spain it doesn't smell "holiday-y". But I will celebrate Thanksgiving on the weekend at least! Hope you had a good one!!!

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  2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

    No matter the day, no matter the country, it's just a matter of gratitude, food and football.

    xo Jane

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  3. Best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving! Glad to hear you will be celebrating!

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  4. You got that one right. A friend in Berlin asked about Thanksgiving, and we wound up organizing a dinner for a couple of yearsd, she liked the first one so much. Here, nothing. I had steack haché last night, and my last bottle of good wine, but ya know? It wasn't the same.

    Don't forget to hit the wine festival on the Comédie while you're here: there's some good stuff on offer.

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  5. Ooh, sounds like a new tradition in the making!

    Cheers!

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  6. Happiest of Thanksgivings to you Sara.

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  7. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends. Friends, good food, wine and football, that sounds like a fine Thanksgiving.

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  8. I know exactly what you mean. This was my first one away from home in a long time... very sad....

    But, I got together with some friends and came as close as we could to making a traditional meal and it was really very fun.

    I hope tonight is wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. Oh Sara! My eyes were welling with tears for you and when I got to the part about going to Aidan's I got chills and a warmth in my heart! That Texas girl KNOWS how to do Thanksgiving, I know you are in GOOD HANDS. Please give her a hug and a kiss for me. - susan

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  10. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends. I'm curious - can you purchase a large roasting turkey in France?

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  11. I have a friend who's been studying in Montpellier since August. She'll be there for three more weeks and she LOVES it! : ) Her pictures make me want to drop everything and move to France.

    Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. hi to all www.sarainlepetitvillage.comers this is my first post and thought i would say hi -
    thank yous speak soon
    gazza

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  13. Happy belated Thanksgiving! I have enjoyed reading through your blog and have become a follower to stay connected. Love your blog! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend,
    Kathy

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  14. Hope that you are truly enjoying your no-French, true-blue, American Thanksgiving this weekend, mon amie! We skipped the turkey this year and opted for a gallon of Gulf (of Mexico) oysters... miam-miam!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  15. Thinking of you on your very special Thanksgiving weekend! We all want to hear about it.. with lots of pictures!

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  16. Oh have so much fun, Sara. Give Aidan a big kiss for me and eat lots of Turkey? I agree, this is the worst holiday for me. It's really the only time I start feeling sorry for myself. Happy Thanksgiving weekend....Texas style.

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  17. I hope everyone conformed to the no French rule ;)

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  18. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Back to the reality of French living again now ;)

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  19. Hope that you had a great Thanksgiving on Friday! I know exactly what you mean about feeling sad when you know that your friends and relatives are celebrating in the United States.

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  20. Thanksgiving bores me, and I hate all of the family obligations. However, we had football, weight lifting, and totally killer smoked turkey, so this year was better than most. Plus, we started our Black Friday shopping early! So it was good. :)

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  21. I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one. No question football is one of the most important ingredients :)

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  22. aw, i'm glad you got to experience it a little though.

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  23. Yes, turn that frown upside down. Look at all the amazing things in your life right now. France by golly! How awesome is that?!

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