I never quite realized how much I'd miss Thanksgiving! The only other time I missed it, when I was at Bearwood in 2006, I don't think it bothered me as much. Maybe that's because living in a boarding house, I was surrounded by people all the time and had less alone time to contemplate the fact that I was missing my favorite holiday.
Yes, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. That's because Thanksgiving has a bit of a buildup, and then AS SOON AS Thanksgiving is over, it's the Christmas season! So it's like a holiday that lasts an entire month! I love how family-centric Thanksgiving is. I love when my family used to go up to our cottage in New Hampshire and cook tasty food and eat it with my aunts and (sometimes) cousins. I loved how more often than not, it would snow at least once during those New Hampshire trips. I loved driving home through Boston two days later, listening to Christmas music and looking at all the lights of the city.
This year, I'm stuck in a country where cranberries don't even exist (they aren't even imported here). Don't get me wrong, I'm so happy to be abroad and to have this opportunity, but I hate hate hate that I'm missing Thanksgiving. I just want to go to New Hampshire and have a snowball fight and take a walk down to the lake and watch Harry Potter DVDs.
Tufts is taking us (plus two invitees each) out to 'Thanksgiving dinner' at some random restaurant on Thursday, but from what previous Tufts-in-Paris people have told me, it's the French take on turkey and potatoes...not a 'true' Thanksgiving meal. I want cornbread! Green bean casserole! Cranberry sauce! Pumpkin pie!
I've decided to bake a pumpkin pie for my host family, so that they can taste the wonder. I love pumpkin pie so much, instead of having cake on my birthday, I ask my mom to cook pumpkin pie (it's not too out of season- my birthday is December 21).
A girl in our program is having a Thanksgiving dinner this coming Saturday, but I do not know if there will be turkey. I hope so, but as long as there's cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie I'll be (relatively) satisfied.
It'll be hard trying to cram in all the Traditions that I don't want to miss out on, into the two weeks that I'm home. I want to go to New Hampshire when it's cold, go sledding (I hope it snows!!!), go into Boston at night (maybe for First Night), see my best friends, eat pie, drink legally (turning 21 yayy), go to New York City before Christmas, see the Christmas pageant at church, and have quality family time.
That on top of all the essays I'll be working on at that time...
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!