Thanksgiving 2
24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. It’s all about food, friends, more food, Charlie Brown, and taking a minute to reflect on what I’m thankful for.

Everybody has her own Turkey Day rituals. One of mine is that I make my very British guests don a turkey hat named Gobbler. One by one, we go around the table to say what we are thankful for. It’s fun to watch the look of realisation and horror in the eyes of virgin Thanksgiving attendees when they realise what they have to do. But to be fair to everyone who has ever been to my Thanksgiving Bash, they often surprise me (and themselves) with how genuine and emotional their answers are. Sometimes, there are even tears, like when I announced my pregnancy at last year’s table.

When I arrived in the UK thirteen years ago, for some reason it was important to me to continue celebrating Thanksgiving. I had a few frustrating years when some of the guests just didn’t get it. They’d go on and on about how we were celebrating how the Native Americans were killed by the Colonists (who, I’d like to point out, were British people). That’s an easy way to lose your invitation for the next year.

Another way to lose it is to make a mockery of your assigned dish. For the first few years, I tried to do it the way my parents always did it; that is, I cooked every single dish for the guests. This included: the turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread, pumpkin pie (from scratch), and a variety of vegetables. Then I realised that assigning each guest a traditional dish was the way forward. Most people have risen to the occasion, but I’ve had people turn up with uncooked vegetables (“Can I just use your microwave?”) or the best one: “I forgot my dish at home.” NO! OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!!!

So what am I thankful for this year? Baby is the obvious answer. She’s literally a bundle of joy, always full of smiles. I joke that her superpower is that she brightens people’s days by making them smile as we pass them on the street. Heaven knows she brightens mine.

There are, of course, so many other people I’m thankful for this year. My husband and family go without saying. Everyone who works at the Studio. My old friends. My new mummy friends. My childcarer. My cats. Even our builder who extended our house, creating our lovely little nest.

And I’m also really thankful to everyone who has been reading this blog. It’s a labour of love and not always an easy labour, so I’m glad you are enjoying it. Please do share in the comments section what you’re thankful for. I’d love to know.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

P.S. For any other Americans reading this, you can buy lots of American goods, like Stove Top and pumpkin pie filling, at Partridges on the Kings Road near the Saatchi Gallery.


  1. 24 Nov


    We’re doing Thankgiving dinner on Saturday (both had to work today). Mags has made pumpkin pie, like you from scratch!

  2. 24 Nov

    Julia from ICAWatermelon

    The pumpkin pie is the first thing I assign to someone else now. Too much hassle! That’s why I always need to make sure there is at least one good baker on the invite list ;0)

  3. 25 Nov


    so sad im not going to make it :( its not the same without sweetpoatoes and gobbler!

  4. 25 Nov


    I am thankful that I have reached 12 weeks pregnancy after a miscarriage earlier this year, I am thankful that my new nephew arrived safely and for my fabulous family. And thank you for this blog, it has kept me amused this year since I discovered it and I’m learning lots in preparation for the new arrival!

  5. 25 Nov

    Robyn Hatley

    I’m thankful for having met such a lovely, talented and funny lady like you, on my life journey…

  6. 25 Nov

    Julia from ICAWatermelon

    @Sarah – Congratulations! I’m really happy for you. And I’m glad you’re getting some usefulness from the blog. It’s good to know :o )

    @Robyn – You’re making me blush! We need to catch up sometime soon. Jx

    @sgillers – I’m saving you leftovers and I’m going to make you wear Gobbler next time I see you.

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