Health & lifestyle expert and editor at Verily MAGAZINE, Krizia Liquido helps modern Renaissance women lead smart, happy, and fulfilling lives. This time she came up with an enlighting article about Thanksgiving away from the USA, check it out…
There’s no place like home for the holidays, but you can make it happy wherever you are.
Are you unable to make it home this Thanksgiving? Or are you an Expat living away from the USA? Thanksgiving at home, for many, isn’t an obligation but a yearly marker of shared gratitude and convivium. It means eating your favorite family foods and experiencing a yearly dose of warmth and happiness that comes from the gathering of family.
Sometimes, work, expenses, (expatriation) or some other reason makes traveling home hard. While there is no replacement for spending the holidays at home, there are ways to cultivate those feelings of warmth and joy when you’re away from your original homeland. Here are three warm ways you can celebrate Thanksgiving wherever you are:
Turn your Thanksgiving into a pie bake-off. Each guest brings one savory or sweet pie to share. Or bake a few favorite pie recipes together. Drop an extra pie off at a local soup kitchen, assisted living center, or with a friend who is working that night.
Invite non-Americans to celebrate this special day
Invite non-Americans too! Sharing different cultural traditions can quickly become a humorous exercise; I’ve found it hilarious to watch visitors’ facial expressions when going around the table sharing one thing you’re thankful for.
Turn What You Have into Enough
When it comes to Thanksgiving volunteering, most people think of a soup kitchen, but there are so many ways to give back: spread smiles at a retirement home; participate in a turkey trot that’s raising money for a good cause; send care packages to our troops.
Whether or not you feel the holiday is conspiring against you, go out of your comfort zone to give back, and you’ll always remember that there is always something to be grateful for.