First I would like to say how excited I am to start blogging for the BCT. I am thrilled to share my stories and experiences as a mother and especially as a mother in Belgium.
Moving to a new place can be scary and new, but moving to an entirely new country full of new traditions, holidays, and languages is scary and new times a million. The biggest change is realizing that days you celebrated in your home country are not celebrated in your new country.
Being American, Thanksgiving has been a huge part of my life. Every year my family gets together and we have a giant dinner with a large roasted turkey as the centerpiece. Thanksgiving is a day where you give thanks for your family and what you have. It was strange moving to Belgium and for the last Thursday of the month to be just a normal day and not a major holiday.
My husband who is Belgian and I like to mix our cultures together in our home. Due to that Thanksgiving is celebrated in our home every year. I make a large dinner and sometimes he will stay home from work so we can spend the day together as a family. A giant turkey is a little too big for our small family so sometimes I will make a chicken, but we pretend. We have all the sides and we celebrate the fact that we have one another. This year we will celebrate that we have our newborn daughter with us as well.
I am sad that I don’t have the opportunity to celebrate the day with my American family, but I am able to call them and let them know I am thankful for them and I am able to think of all the fantastic times I have had with them. I am thankful for living in Belgium. Over the last 3 years Belgium has become my home and even though the last Thursday of the month is just a normal day in my heart it will always be Thanksgiving.
American or not, what are you thankful for this year?