I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in the US for quite a number of years now (I think it’s about 17 years) but have kept up most of the traditions. I did try a couple of years in the beginning to celebrate in the usual fashion, on the Thursday, but since it is a holiday not celebrated here in Switzerland, it essentially became a glorified dinner party that took all day to prepare, two hours to
eat, and then everyone had to go home early because they had to 1)go to work on Friday and/or 2) had to get little people to bed because they had school too. This was NOT my idea of Thanksgiving so I took to hosting it on the Saturday afterwards. This would allow me to have people around for a late lunch which would inevitably spread to dinner as it got dark and everyone was having such a good time hanging around with each other, playing games or chatting. Not to mention that I usually had enough turkey to feed everyone for the next three days. The first time I asked for a turkey at the butcher, I said I needed a 10 kilo turkey. He raised his eyebrows and asked if I wanted it for a pet. I clarified that it was for a party and then he understood but still shook his head. Hey, what did I know? I was used to getting a 22 pound turkey for 12 people. I had an oven so small that the turkey was pretty much the only thing that would fit in it. I’ve refined my methods so now I know I don’t really need a 10 kilo turkey. Usually a 4-5 kilo one is plenty. And then I don’t have leftovers to last until Christmas. Which, by the way, is probably why I prefer ham for Christmas. In the past, I’ve eaten turkey for weeks after Thanksgiving so come Christmas, I don’t want anything that even looks like poultry.
Anyway, one of the traditions I’m not sorry to miss is Black Friday. This is widely known as the biggest shopping day of the year in the US. It pains me to see the ever increasingly madcap frenzies of one upmanship in the effort to part people with their money in the quest to have the latest whatever. I am fed up with these frenzies, now beginning as early as Thanksgiving Day. Some websites even have a countdown to Black Friday WEEK. I understand that being here, I have less to worry about being subjected to all the craziness that has developed on a up close & personal basis. And I also recognise that there are some crazies here too. But I want no part of it, online or in person, and I’m going to make an conscious effort to persuade others to do the same.
In addition to the ever ongoing projects of hexies, at the moment I’m working on a little bag kit that my sweet friend JJ brought back from Tokyo for me. Nevermind that I can’t read Japanese. 🙂 Luckily the diagrams were easy enough to follow. I’m going to modify it slightly because I want more of a little purse than a whatsit bag.
In what I consider typical Japanese fashion, the details are quite intricate. I’m happy to say that the fabrics included in the kit were already of an embroidered nature, along with the lacy centrepiece. Thankfully as my embroidery skills vary from the rusty to the non-existent and I don’t know how to make lace. However, each of the 8 fabric petals around the outside edge of the design had to be cut as a half circle, edges turned under, inserted in the seam of the outside border, and appliquéd down with a feather-stitch. Most everything came with the kit, though I did need a bit of my lovely Aurifil 50wt (N° 1140) to do the extra quilting & assembly. It’s going to be lovely when finished and I expect to carry it daily.
In the consumeristic world we live in these days, thankfulness & gratitude are not so evident. I want to make a conscious effort to keep these attributes close at hand, through the holiday season and beyond. With that in mind, I’ll not spend the day after Thanksgiving searching for the best deal on anything. I’ll be blessed to enjoy the delightfully funny company of my beautiful daughter. And maybe get her interested in hexies. 🙂 How are you going to spend the day?