After about 20 seconds, I remembered -- I was in Paris!
In keeping with that tradition, this year I had my fourth Thanksgiving celebration as an expat. And as a special treat, French television station France 3 visited the American University of Paris (AUP) to speak to some American students about the importance of celebrating Thanksgiving while living abroad.
I had the opportunity to sit down with France 3 and briefly discuss why it's so important for those of us spending the holidays away from our friends and family to celebrate this American tradition of football, family and food.
I highly recommend watching the entire segment, which includes interviews with AUP President Celeste Schenck and SGA President Sam Yehya.
But if you're in a hurry, don't understand French, or are only visiting this blog because you're related to me, feel free to skip to minute 1:40 to check out my short interview.
A link to the segment on the France 3 website can also be found here.
In general, Thanksgiving has never been that important of a holiday for me.
Maybe it's because I've always had a small family, or because no one in my immediate family ever ate meat, so that whole turkey thing wasn't a big deal for us (although I always make sure to bring back a few slices for my deprived dogs to enjoy.)
And as I said before, this wasn't my first time celebrating Thanksgiving abroad.
Back in 2005, I spent Thanksgiving in Paris at Blue Elephant, a fancy thai restaurant in central Paris with some fellow study abroad students, and then had a second (all-vegetarian) celebration in Sheffield, England that weekend. In 2007, I had fondue with my French friend in Montpellier, France.
Last year a dear friend of mine from the U.K. hosted a fabulous Thanksgiving meal for myself and my friend while we were on vacation in Paris . A Brit dishing up a vegetarian-friendly Thanksgiving? It doesn't get much more impressive than that!
As much as I love spending the holidays with my family and friends back home, I've found that Thanksgiving becomes more important to me when I'm on the other side of the Atlantic.
I also get so much enjoyment sharing this tradition with non-American friends of mine. After all, why should the rest of the world be deprived of the joys of pumpkin pie?