At least to all my american friends and readers. In Germany, as you may know, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, which as a youth always made me kind of sad – I guess, its my second most favorite holiday, after Halloween, which in Germany, sadly, also isn’t celebrated (and that’s how TV spoils you. Don’t know why, but I always enjoyed both holidays when shown in series or movies that are set in the US).
Still, no reason not to think about one’s past year and be thankful about the good things that have happened. I guess this year I am most thankful for those friends that really where there for me, even in the hard times. Also I am thankful for the many possibilities that opened up to me. Though not everything went as planned, I was given some chances, and a huge bunch of changes opened up new perspectives and activity-possibilities. And, last but not least, I am thankful for having the chance to be living in a real city again. I had a lot of fun and great memories in Husum and Kiel, but I’m from Hamburg, I’m used to be living in a metropolis which is true for Hamburg at least for German standards (it’s the second biggest city after Berlin, with 1.8 million people living in an area of 755 square kilometers).
The new town I’m living in, is by far smaller – the last on the Top-10-List of Germany’s largest cities. But still, it’s tremendous, compared to Husum (22.000 people on 25 km2) or Kiel (250.000 people on 120 km2). Bremen has 550.000 people on 326 km2, and that means reliable, fast and frequent public transportation, even on weekends, and at night, 24/7 shops, a variety of shops, clubs, bars and restaurants, international cuisine, an enormous number of leisure time facilities and a lot of like-minded people.
So, how did I spent my Thanksgiving? Locked up in a room (or rather a lab) with a lot of power sockets, electronic equipment and a bunch of like-minded nerds, in the Hackerspace Bremen e.V. (which’ll probably end up as my new home 😀 ), talking about amateur radio.
Anyhow, I wish, you all had a happy Thanksgiving, regardless whether you are American and celebrated it with a large family feast, or if you didn’t think about it at all (that’s what normally happens with us non-Americans). And never forget: also a bad Thanksgiving can still be a nice and happy day, it all depends on your perception.
Chandler: “I’d like to propose a toast. Little toast here…
I know this isn’t the kind of Thanksgiving that all of you all planned, but for me, this has been really great, you know, I think because it didn’t involve divorce or projectile vomiting. Anyway, I was just thinking, I mean,
if you’d gone to Vail,
[to Monica and Ross]
and if you guys’d been with your family,
if you didn’t have syphilis and stuff, we wouldn’t be all together, you know? So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m very thankful that all of your Thanksgivings sucked.”
Monica: “That’s so sweet.”
Ross: “And hey, here’s to a lousy Christmas.”
Rachel: “And a crappy New Year.”
Chandler: “Here, here!”
(Friends, S01E09 – The One Where Underdog Gets Away)
Just don’t misbehave, bad things may happen to anyone, so don’t act up, and don’t wreak your anger on innocent people. That isn’t thankful and cheerful at all, and if you’re in really bad luck, you might end up like Diane.
One last thing I’d like to wish to all my faithful readers: Have a good start into the Christmas season. Be reasonable, don’t go wild on black friday (is it really worth it?), don’t stress yourself out on holiday shopping – just have some nice, contemplative (and maybe spiritual) days with your family and loved ones. And of course, to all you to who it may apply: I hope you have a white Christmas 🙂