We’re experiencing a snowy week, leading up to American Thanksgiving. Saying this holiday’s name is the perfect prompt for gratitude. I’m grateful for our friends here. I’m grateful for all of the past years Thanksgiving tables that I’ve shared with many dear friends here while thinking of my family back home. I love to cook and to entertain but over the past several years have been a spoiled guest and feel so truly grateful — and lucky for friends with such talents!
Friend-givings are always the weekend before or after and the actual holiday is just an ordinary day in Sweden. I know myself too well, on Thursday, I’ll be talking to my mother in the US who’ll be up early basting her turkey and my sister who will be cooling pies and I won’t be able to resist the urge to, at the very least, push aside projects and fit in an impromptu simplified Thanksgiving weeknight dinner. Even if celebrations happen in the eleventh hour, there’s something about this holiday and living as an ex-pat that makes me so determined to uphold my own childhood traditions with the kids, like watching Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving , making our annual paper leaf (or feather) notes of gratitude which will hang on our dinner bouquet and eating pumpkin pie in a decidedly non-pumpkin-pie-nation.
It’s the first day in 15 years were I’m not teaching or volunteering at a pre-school or school where I’ve been making these Popcorn Paperbag Turkeys since first discovering this brilliant idea. Have you ever tried making one? It’s on my list, too.
My dining room table is currently overflowing with petals, paints, paper and pastry-ideas. I’m thrilled with the response for the upcoming 4th Annual Scandinavian Creative Calendar which I’m hard at work on. I hope this collaborative series brings you inspiration and a little Scandinavian arm-chair-travel.
In addition to many of our Swedish prior contributors, you’ll also get the chance to meet several new Scandinavian creatives from Denmark, Norway, England and a few special guests from the US who are inspired by Scandinavia Christmas, too. Stay tuned because I’ve thought of a way for you to share your Scandinavian inspiration, too. I’ll be sharing these details over the next week before the 4th Annual Scandinavian Creative calendar starts here December 1.
If you celebrate thanksgiving here are a few links for you, if you’re looking for last minute Thanksgiving Inspiration: