The first number of years that I lived here in Holland I tried to have the usual American holidays in my home like Thanksgiving and an American Christmas meal. I invited my Dutch family and friends and they enjoyed the meal but the ‘feeling’ of the holiday was not there. After a few years I pretty much left it. It was a lot of work for me and no one seemed to understand what the hoorah was about so I just stopped.  As my children grew I did have small celebrations for them here in the house. They loved Thanksgiving with a few of their friends and Halloween was a big favorite. Now I only have one child at home and she’s not small anymore. They do like an American Christmas so we make it a point to keep that but Halloween and Thanksgiving has been left on the side.
Yesterday I started the day wishing my American friends and family a happy Thanksgiving on Facebook then went to work. I got home late and exhausted and to my surprise my Dutch husband had a small Thanksgiving meal waiting for me. He had to go to the next town to find a turkey and he looked on the internet what to make, he even made cranberry sauce himself. If I wasn’t so exhausted I would have been teary eyed. Unfortunately I almost fell asleep at the dinner table. I will make it up to him today but it really was a nice surprise.