Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope that no matter where you’re celebrating in the world, you’re with someone you love.

In my family, Thanksgiving is a bigger deal than Christmas and it’s always been an occasion to reflect on the year and give thanks for all of our blessings. There is no gift giving, it’s not materialistic (at least until Black Friday) and we simply spend the day together, enjoying each other’s company over great food and drinks.

This year is the most unconventional Thanksgiving I’ve had. I’m working, but that’s okay as I get to at least spend the day surrounded by some my best friends. Ciaran and I are heading to one of our favourite restaurants – Ormer in Mayfair and this weekend we’re having a traditional turkey feast with Ciaran’s family for the first time. I am looking forward to introducing them to new traditions that I’ve grown up with.

Speaking of traditions, it’s customary at Thanksgiving to go around the table and explain what were most thankful for.

This year, I am most thankful that my Dad is going to be OK! He was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and we were unsure of what the outcome would be, but we have been told that he is able to undergo treatment, followed by surgery next year and that he will very likely be cancer free after that, which is the best news he and any of us could receive. While there is a long road ahead, it’s comforting to know we will all be able to spend many more Thanksgivings together.

Other notable things I am thankful for include my family and my in-laws, who are a never ending source of support and love, wonderful friends to lean on and laugh with, and my thoughtful husband, who continuously goes to great lengths to ensure my American traditions stay strong by researching hundreds of Thanksgiving recipes, baking pumpkin pies and cooking up a storm.

What are you most thankful for this year?

I hope everyone has a fabulous day 🙂