Thanksgiving for me is always a tough one as an American expat. Not being religious, I have always preferred Thanksgiving to Christmas or Easter as an adult. For me it’s a time for family, friends and food without any sort of connotation other than giving thanks for the health and happiness you may be fortunate to possess. Although I have managed to visit the States every other Christmas or so, Thanksgiving has always been a no-go in the 16 years I have lived in Vienna. Since I work in advertising and IT for the Alpine ski resort industry, my busy holiday season spans from Labor Day until Christmas as I am finishing everything before the winter season starts full-swing.
Chris Wells – THANKSGIVING AS AN AMERICAN EXPAT