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For all of you reading who may be wondering, Thanksgiving is not a holiday celebrated here in Italy. But the Italians do know about the popular American holiday and here it is called the Festa del Ringraziamento, which literally means the Festival of Thanks. That’s pretty close! While I always feel far away from my family and our traditions on this day, it does make me happy to know that many of my expat friends here in Italy are still celebrating today. I have realized just how important it is to continue traditions even if you are far away from home. We may not have cranberries and for many our families are long flights away, but there is always so much to be thankful for. For my family and friends, you are all very close in my heart today! I miss each and every one of you. And, please, please eat some cranberries for me.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

7 Comments
  • Diana and "Guido"

    Hi Laura,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

    November 26, 2009
  • Chef Chuck

    Happy Thanksgiving Laura !

    November 26, 2009
  • Anne in Oxfordshire

    Happy thanksgiving to you to Laura..at least you do have the Festa del Ringraziamento, very close indeed!!

    I do hope your celebrations went well 🙂

    November 26, 2009
  • Susan

    Hey, Happy Thanksgiving Laura! Its great being an expat…. U get to learn and show off traditions…. I do miss it:-((((
    Susan x

    November 27, 2009
  • Welshcakes Limoncello

    Sorry to be late but I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving.

    November 30, 2009
  • Emily

    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving, even without the cranberries!

    November 30, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Diano & Guido! Thanks so much! Will you be in Italy for next year's Thanksgiving?

    Ciao Chuck! Thanks! I bet your dinner was out of this world wonderful! 🙂

    Ciao Anne! Thanks! Yes, we had a nice little get together with close friends. Enjoying time with family and friends is the best part of the holiday!

    Ciao Susan! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Yes, it is fun to share traditions here in Italy. It is also fun the opposite when I share Italian traditions in America!

    Ciao Pat! I did have a fun day. Thanks so much! 🙂

    Ciao Emily! Yes, despite the lack of cranberries it was a lovely day. I will be better prepared for next year! 🙂

    December 14, 2009

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