It’s just another Thursday here in Finland. No one’s getting together with relatives they don’t like because cultural pressure requires them to. That’s what Yule is for! Why do it twice, and only a month apart? There’s no parade. People aren’t panicking over turkey. Football? American football? Never was my thing, anyway. Thanksgiving 2018 is a non-starter here. That might be what I’m most grateful for today.
While it can be nice to get everyone together all at once, you shouldn’t need a special occasion to tell people that you love them. You can and should be thankful for the positive things in your life every day. In fact, it works better, both for your mental health and your relationships, if you do. Maybe get together for a meal on a more regular basis, and eat things that don’t require a major production to prepare? Enjoy one another’s company, without being beholden to what everyone else is doing.
At the same time, you don’t have to be around toxic people just because tradition and the calendar say you do. Really. You don’t have to fight about politics at the dinner table. There’s also no law that says you’re obligated to eat turkey, stuffing, and all that stuff if you don’t want to. Or can’t, because of food allergies. Also, no one should stress about making a tofu turkey for vegan cousin Beatrix, or figuring out a way to create gluten-free stuffing for cousin Roscoe.
Happy Thanksgiving 2018
Katie’s actually out on a consulting gig most of the day today. I’m spending the day writing. This weekend I’m going to make a faux-Thanksgiving meal for our Sunday dinner. Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green beans sauteed in chopped garlic. For dessert I’m making a sour cherry tarte tatin. We’ll probably watch some Christmas movies. Just the two of us and pretty low-key. If you read into what I wrote above, you’l understand why we like it this way.
What Did You Do for Thanksgiving?
Tell me about your day! Did you have weird turkey and strange sides? Watch the parade? Go to the movies? Leave some comments below!