Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. It’s not because of the giant feast or the delicious turkey and fixings we get to eat. I feast all of the time—but generally stick to Mexican and Mediterranean food. James and I just returned from a month in Europe where we essentially gorged ourselves everyday on whatever local fare was on offer. It’s not as if I was starving this week. For me, Thanksgiving is a time of deep reflection. It’s about reminding the people around you how much you care for them. It’s a time to look inside of yourself and recall where you might be if you didn’t have so much love and abundance around you.
For two years now, neither James nor I have made it home for the holidays. In fact, we didn’t have a Thanksgiving meal yesterday. We cleaned house and packed for our upcoming 4 month trip that will take us to Miami, Cuba, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and many islands in the Caribbean. We tried to organize as much as we could for our forthcoming wedding while adhering to the 50 pound baggage limits to avoid extra fees. Earlier this week, on Monday we cooked a beautiful Thanksgiving feast with dear friends of ours in Las Vegas. We call it “Friendsgiving”. As I sat around our table of 12 persons, I reflected on my individual relationships with each person that was sitting there. I reminisced about how we all met and the amazing support they’ve been for me over the years. A Thanksgiving gathering is sort of like a charity event. We all leave our egos at home and be nice to each other for the day, regardless of our differences. I suppose there is always that one drunk Uncle or awkward cousin that shows up and stirs the pot. But that’s par for the course in any family gathering.
We’re currently in Miami. Today is the first day of four months we’ll strictly be in warm climates. We were happy to have the fireplace going and feel a chill in the air at our home in Las Vegas. We only had four days to enjoy the crisp autumn, but it was well spent! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We can’t wait to update you about our travels to CUBA this week and the opening of our brand new shows in Puerto Vallarta! More to come soon.
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