When we arrived in New York from the UK in late October, we knew that Thanksgiving was coming up, and that it was going to be BIG. But to be honest, I’m ashamed to say we didn’t know much more than that about possibly the most quintessential US holiday.
As the day got closer, I decided to do some research. I always knew it was a time when people made a huge effort to be with their families and celebrated that feeling of belonging. What we hadn’t appreciated were the deeper roots to the holiday, and just how relevant the festival is to our own situation. I learned that the earliest Thanksgiving celebrations were not just giving thanks for a successful harvest but also for a safe arrival in the New World.
As we look forward to our first Thanksgiving, there are many people in our thoughts as we move ahead with our own new world and life in New York. We couldn’t have done it without the help and support of our networks – personal and professional, old and new.
Come tomorrow, we will be thinking about and thanking them – oh, that and watching the balloons and floats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!