|Christmas Eve 2011|
Christmas sneaks up on me every year. If you know me it should come as no surprise that I try to avoid shopping centers or just going shopping period. So, today when I went into town and saw the Christmas lights already in place, dangling in the wind and the rain, I felt a slap in the face and woke up. There is no avoiding the inevitable holiday stress of shopping for gifts. Americans have this tradition called “Black Friday,” the day after thanksgiving huge sales attract swarms of consumer hungry people to stand in endless lines looking for the best buy. Shop owners, which are comprised mostly now of large corporations, and credit card companies jump up and down rubbing their greedy little hands in glee. For one day the economy is fat and stuffed like the turkey that was eaten the day before.
We have no Thanksgiving here in Norway and the turkeys in the frozen section are never bigger than 12 pounds. Still, as an American, I have carried the tradition of thanksgiving every year, until now. This year I am forgetting the turkey. My family is too busy to set aside the time to help me celebrate this part of my American heritage. Maybe I will make a turkey dinner later, but it would not be the same. Times like this are when I miss my family in the states the most. I miss having this part of my family around a large table, sharing a meal and celebrating what we are thankful for. So tomorrow when all of you give thanks, remember the most important thing to give thanks for, time spent with your family. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family and for those of you that are planning on standing in “Black Friday” lines, good luck! You can be sure that I am grateful there are no such lines here in Norway.
How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year, and what do you think of “Black Friday?” Make sure you come back on Friday for some Minnie Gibberish Fun, as she goes shopping and invites you to come along.
For the month of December I will be sharing my Christmas in Norway as each day I open my advent calendar. Hope you stop by!