As my American friends celebrate their Thanksgiving; bringing their families together, I’m also thinking about our traditions and our many reasons to be thankful wherever we are.
Family traditions may look meaningless from the outside, but to those who enjoy and perpetuate them, they are full of importance and comfort and enjoyment. Continuing a tradition is a reiteration of love for the person who taught you that tradition, our way of saying “you got it right, thank you, I’m going to do the same for the next generation”.
One of those traditions for me is preparing my Christmas puddings. I’m British of course, and although I’ve lived in France for ever, I still love a proper christmas pudding on the big day. My mother used to make her puddings in October, and I use her recipe but because I’m late for just about everything, I make mine at the end of November, in fact often on Thanksgiving day.
So today as I stir together the very many ingredients, and seal the moulds and cook the puddings for nine whole hours (yes, you read that right), and fill the house with the most delicious festive smells, I have plenty of time to think about how thankful I am for family traditions and for many other things too.
Today I am giving thanks for a family to love and to hold, even when they have moved away from home; a loving husband who respects and encourages me; my freedom to create and to work in ways that I enjoy; my friends who remind me to slow down and last but not least for this blog which has opened so many doors for me, and introduced me to so many wonderful people across continents.
Wherever you are today, I hope your reasons to be thankful are also numerous, and that you are able to take a moment to give thanks, and to hold on to those you love.