20 November 2012

Happy Thanksgiving From England





In England, 
there is no indication that Thursday is Thanksgiving
in the United States

Thanksgiving is not ear-marked in the year
as a day off from school or work
It is just like any other day

But for us, it will still be
a time to share a meal with friends and family
void of gifts but full of friendship, food, and American football

An evening set aside to reflect on all things we are grateful for and 
an opportunity to stop and count our blessings

One of the loveliest holidays in its purity and lack of commercialism




Wishing your heart and home are warm with friends and family
and countless blessings

- photos by me -

42 comments:

Barbara said...

Happy Thanksgiving from across the channel!

Joyce said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too...we spent some very special Thanksgivings in England with friends from all over. Enjoy your day!

YONKS said...

Happy Thanksgiving Laura. We too will be celebrating Thanksgiving in Cardiff as my husband is American and I like to keep up that tradition for him.
D
x

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Thanksgiving is not a holiday we celebrate as Brits but I still wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Vintage Jane said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family ... M x

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

The most important part of the day, in addition to the pumpkin pie, is that you will be with family and friends and that is all that matters.

I hope that you have a wonderful time, Elizabeth

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I do not know what happened to my comment...

I hope that you have a wonderful day with your family and friends...that is what it is all about!

Thankful to have discovered your blog, I love visiting here and experiencing England through you eyes.

Elizabeth

Ali said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I celebrate my Canadian one each year in October.

Ali

Denise said...

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from across the Pond, Laura. I agree with your sentiments about the holiday, and your pictures are just lovely.

Denise at Forest Manor

PURA VIDA said...

lovely sentiments!

Gesci said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laura! I hope it's a lovely day for your family, and full of laughter and happiness!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

May it be a blessed time for all of you. Cherish the memories!

Sandra said...

I think that Thanksgiving is such a lovely celebration, but as far as I know it is mainly celebrated in the United States and Canada. I wish we celebrated it here too! In Britain there is the Harvest Festival which takes place near the Harvest Moon (which is the full Moon closest to the autumn equinox). Churches are decorated and thanks is given for a plentiful harvest.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Awww, so thankful that you read it :) Happy Thanksgiving to you :)

A little bit Country said...

Happy Thanksgiving - your photos for this post are wonderful. I can almost feel the chill in the air.

Crafty Helen said...

Happy Thanksgiving! We should celebrate, with Husband coming from Chicago an' all, but our both working and after school activities always seem to take over. Enjoy your day, XX

laura.forestdreams:) said...

Happy Thanksgiving (from one laura to another)
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gorgeous Fall picture!!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Happy Thanksgiving Laura! :)

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so looking forward to a relaxing holiday. Those are absolutely gorgeous pictures! Love them!

CK said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. These photos are beautiful. That house Looks like a Hansel & Gretel house!

Dave D said...

Happy St Edmund's day.

Dave D said...

Happy St Edmund's day.

Gillian said...

The more I find out about thanksgiving the more I like it. Just a meal with family and friends to give thanks - such a perfect idea. Happy eary thanksgiving to you! x

lisaroyhandbags said...

Gorgeous pics! And without all the Black Friday hoopla, it will be even more special. Happy Thanksgiving!

My Garden Diaries said...

Beautiful pictures! Cheers to you and your family...have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Iota said...

I am missing Thanksgiving. This is the first time in 5 years that I haven't celebrated it.

Is that your house?

DGMommy Tamara said...

Gorgeous photeo! Looks very much like my own drive to school, but without my face plastered with sheer terror as another car approaches on a too narrow road speckled with massive potholes!

Rosemary said...

Happy Thanksgiving Laura, although you are away from home, I know that your friends and family across the pond will have you in their thoughts.

Emily said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laura! I love the lack of commercialism in this holiday too! And while we're circling the table with gratitude, let me say that I'm thankful for your cheery blog! -- always my favorite one to read & view.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ha! Welcome to being an American living in the UK :) Just a few months ago, one pothole caused us a flat tire on a narrow, windy road ;0

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thanks, Emily! So fun for us to be connected through the 2+ blogging years. Thank you for reading :) Love your blog too!

Laura said...

Happy Thanksgiving Laura. Our poor community was devastated by hurricane Sandy. On our block, our house is the only home livable in the main part of the house... so this year, more than ever, my family and I have a lot to be thankful for and our thoughts are with all our friends displaced. Lx

the cuby poet said...

When I was teaching in a small, rural village school some 20+ ago there were a couple from Colorado staying 10 miles away, I invited them to celebrate Thanks giving with my class of 4-7 year olds which was so much fun. I remember the children were impressed that real life Americans were in their classroom, pumpkin pie, popcorn - which they had made before lunch, etc etc. We all had a great day.I remember it I wonder if any of them do.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Oh, Laura, you poor thing! That is something to be thankful for. I was thinking of you during Sandy - off to send you an email now...

Happy Homemaker UK said...

What a lovely story - thanks for sharing :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Lovely little cottage, isn't it? From one of my favorite villages, Shere :)

Noelle the dreamer said...

I am sure you miss family and friends particularly today.
Happy Thanksgiving Laura and thank you for sharing a wee bit of home (for us...I just had to save that last photo on my laptop screen! Many thanks!)
Blessings to all,

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Really, Noelle? What an honor to be on your laptop. I thought only my parents did that :)

Kay G. said...

Don't know if you have seen the news about some of the stores opening on Thanksgiving night at 8PM! I predict that by next year or the year after they will begin opening on Thanksgiving morning and it will be Black Thursday and Black Friday. Still, one does not HAVE to shop on Thanksgiving day, I certainly did not!
I spent one Thanksgiving in England in the 80's. I really missed having my Thanksgiving in the USA.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Belated Thanksgiving good wishes from me. I often think it is a holiday we Brits should adopt ... I am sure we can think of much to be thankful for :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I heard about stores opening on Thanksgiving - that is just so wrong. I hope you had a wonderful celebration :)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I am new to your blog and look forward to reading your past posts. I have always had a fondness for reading and learning about all things British. Enjoyed my visit tonight.