Happy Black Friday! For the first time in many years I did not wake up at the crack of dawn this morning to go shopping, though apparently my family in Connecticut didn’t either since I wasn’t there to roust them out of bed. However, I did enjoy a wonderful expat Thanksgiving yesterday, thanks to the cards from my family and the wonderful people at Mansfield that put on a formal Thanksgiving dinner. Yesterday afternoon we had the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving parade streaming live in the common room (the beauty of being five hours ahead- none of us had to wake up early) and we made pilgrim and indian hats to wear to thanksgiving dinner!
The dinner was in the Chapel, and both visiting students and British students were invited to get a taste of a traditional thanksgiving dinner (portioned, of course, with British restraint rather than American excess, so no one actually ate themselves into a triptophane-induced food coma). We had our JYA president Max give a brief history of Thanksgiving (including the more unsavory parts that we don’t like to mention in elementary school) and our President, Baroness Helena Kennedy, gave a lovely speech on the tradition of giving thanks.
Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without real American football (the ‘American’ is necessary to avoid confusion with ‘football’) so we had an after-party to cheer on whoever it was that was playing (my knowledge of football extends to Superbowl commercials) and show off our hats.
In other news, this is my flat’s third day without hot water, so I’m really internalizing the Pilgrim experience. Hopefully our many (many) polite emails to the housing authorities will pay off. However, at the moment I’m just ecstatically happy to officially be able to blast Christmas music, as per Black Friday tradition.