2016 will be the first time I’m away from the U.S. for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Many years ago I spent both Canadian Thanksgiving and U.S. Thanksgiving around Toronto. Another year I think I was in Austria and Germany at the end of November.
Regular readers and PVC Security podcast listeners know I moved to Tokyo this month.
I don’t particularly care I’ll miss Christmas and New Year’s. I could do without both. Christmas to me means traffic jams and hypo-consumerism. New Year’s is mostly an opportunity to screw up one’s sleep schedule. Unless the calendar is forgiving, all too soon one returns to work.
I used to volunteer to work those holidays, I liked them so little. I won’t miss them here.
Thanksgiving? Well, that’s another thing entirely.
I love the weather in New England and Michigan this time of year. I love well cooked turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, rolls, green beans, etc. I love pumpkin beer (though it’s creep earlier and earlier reduces the draw for me). I love watching football.
Most of all, I love spending it with my family. It can be just me and the kids. It can be the whole clan or something inbetween.
I wonder how I’ll do that day here. Some of my colleagues and friends here have already volunteered to take my mind off of it.