It is Thursday 24/11/2016, which would be Thanksgiving in the States. The Pilgrims didn’t settle in New Zealand so there is no “Thanksgiving” here. We have had many reach out wishing us a Happy Thanksgiving and also asking what we are doing. While we appreciate you thinking of us, it is just a normal day here. Maree had mentioned a few weeks ago that we could celebrate a traditional American Thanksgiving, but busy life has gotten in the way. (Plus turkey isn’t a commodity here and we have to prepare to move to our own place on Saturday!) The good thing is we still enjoyed a nice meal and enjoyed each other’s company. There are so many things we are thankful for this year and can be grateful without the big meal.
Things to be thankful for this year:
- Family and friends that have supported our move halfway across the world. We miss you! We love your continued support and each and every single time you reach out (even when each of you ask the same questions and prove you never read the blog. HAHA!)
- Experiencing our first earthquake which didn’t bring much damage to Christchurch. We are also thankful that our first NZ road trip was through Route 1 in Kaikoura (which is currently blocked from landslides). The resiliency of the people of NZ. The attitudes are ridiculously positive even during major devastation.
- Effort that we put into the move and the results so far – people have found it amazing that we received resident visas so “easily.”
- The people we have met, and continue to meet, whether from New Zealand or abroad.
- The friendliness from the Kiwis – they are all amazing people, and the culture is contagious.
- Maree – Anyone that can welcome “strangers” with open arms to her home is someone that deserves a special mention. Especially when the “strangers” were immediately considered friends with no introduction prior to our initial meeting at a coffee shop in Christchurch.
- T (Maree’s Cat) – any cat that drinks from the tap in the tub is worth a mention.
- Health – while it can be easy to take this for granted, good health is necessary for everything.
- Each other. While I am not a fan of this kind of thing, this must be mentioned because it has been just the 2 of us living thorough this experience together.
At this point, it doesn’t feel strange that we aren’t truly celebrating the holiday. Maybe because it is spring here (even though the weather fluctuates daily) and maybe because we are still settling in. We have seen a few Black Friday sale commercials on tv here but it is NOWHERE near the same. While we may not have been to any store to confirm this, we are willing to bet on this one.
In the meantime, gobble gobble.
(The pic of the seal is from our road trip through Kaikoura. The seals often have a colony along Route 1.)