When I first moved to Poland, I thought it was silly to do Thanksgiving since it wasn’t a holiday celebrated here. But the longer I have lived here and the more I miss the U.S., the more sense it makes for me to celebrate such “silly” holidays. Since there are no traditions here, I have embraced Thanksgiving and made it my own. There are no rules, no obligations, no family traditions to uphold. That is really freeing.
This year, because I am doing NaNoWriMo, I decided to host it later than it occurs normally and I will be having a Thanksgiving potluck on December 6, which just happens to be St. Nickolas Day.
Our Thanksgiving celebration really focuses on giving thanks. When my friends come over, I give everyone a piece of paper and we all write what we are thankful for. Some time after we finish eating, we read each other’s notes aloud. It’s quite a moving experience, and it’s so wonderful to share with friends. This year I am thinking of doing a “thankful tree” like this one here. It may turn into a nice winter decoration that could always be added to.
Below are my suggestions for the best vegan Thanksgiving ever!
- Have fun! Don’t be afraid to break with tradition and create your own.
- Invite friends. This is a holiday to spend with those you care about the most, who aren’t necessarily family.
- Don’t stress. Figure out a way for it work around your schedule and don’t give yourself too much stuff to do.
- Have lots of delicious food (but keep in mind #3).
- Put on some good music. (See below for some suggestions.)
- Don’t forget about the wine (or whatever you fancy).
Sides and appetizers
Mood music from 8tracks
What are you doing this Thanksgiving? Do you follow traditions or do you do your own thing?