I am not an American, but when it comes to holiday seasons I get excited as if I was born here. Thanksgiving is this Thursday and like my last seven years, I can’t wait for the day to come. I live in Miami and here you find people from all over the world, and it’s funny to me when I hear some people say, “I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m not American”…
Really?! I’ve been asking some people about being ready for Thursday and a certain number of the answers have been on the low/non-enthusiastic note.
Although it’s true that Thanksgiving is a special day that is only celebrated in this country, personally I think that it’s a wonderful holiday.
*It’s not religious
*The main idea is to be thankful
*Time to share with friends and family and…
*There’s plenty of food
I feel that especially for us, the immigrants, this holiday should be as important as for Americans for obvious reasons. In my case, my whole family is in Venezuela, so I’ve tried to embrace this holiday by bringing part of my culture (and flavors) to the table, that way I can have both of my worlds on my plate. At the end that’s kind of a reflection of who I am.
The last couple of years, Gregg and I have cooked for friends. This year though, we are the guests at one of my Venezuelan friend’s and I am bringing QUESILLO, our version of traditional FLAN…Yum!
I believe that for this particular day you don’t need to have a Green Card or have been born in Kansas, but instead all you have to do is loosen up a little bit, have a drink, open your mind and accept that our new lives happen here and that we must be part of it. It was our decision anyway. Or at least help out with the fabulous decorations…lol
Thanksgiving is all about food, appreciation, laughs and toasting. It sounds like fun to me.
So, with my Venezuelan accent let me wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!