I have been living outside of the United States for 8 months now.  One thing I am noticing living this far from home is that when a holiday rolls around I just am not feeling it.  As Thanksgiving approaches I am debating how I should handle this holiday.  I keep going back and forth in my head should I even bother with the traditional meal I have eaten for 35 years of my life; should I depart from that; or should I start my own traditions with my husband.  He is not American and does not have a clue what I am even talking about when I try to describe my holidays.

I am leaning towards new traditions.  I am having a hard time this year establishing any kind of traditions.  I feel like I have let myself down by not doing all those special things that I would have done if I was in America.  I know that my husbands holidays are lacking as well, partly because I have no clue what is expected for each one and mainly because food is a large part of holidays; no matter where in the world you are.  I am  seriously struggling to learn how to make the dishes he is use to eating.  It has been UGLY… really ugly!

With less than a week to go till the big event I am no closer to a decision than I was at Halloween when I started thinking about this.  The one plus is no matter what I decide I will not have the stress or feeding a crowd of people and for that I am THANKFUL.  It is nice to slim down my circle and just worry about us, I think everyone should do that once in a while.  If you are the one making dinner every year, pass it off to another relative and be able to actually enjoy the holiday.  Let the kids handle the dinner or your sibling we are not superwoman/superman and if we do not take time to enjoy life it will be gone before we realize it.

Hell maybe I will just throw in the towel and make him take me out to dinner!  I have no one to impress here, he won’t miss not having a turkey and days worth of cooking.  Then I will get to enjoy being with my family!