P1090761This was my first American Thanksgiving celebrated outside of the States for as long as I can remember.  This may sound surprising coming from someone who lived in Canada for most of her life, but my family always went to the States each year to celebrate with my Dad’s side of the family.  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because I am very close with my cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents.  Every year for Thanksgiving we get together and play games, chat, tease, laugh, eat together, and I love every moment.  So, missing out on that was sort of hard for me while I am in Scotland, but the Thanksgiving we had with the young adults here felt like celebrating with family.  I had such an enjoyable time!

There were around twenty people who came, each one bearing some part of the Thanksgiving feast.  We all fit quite comfortably into Stephen and Brenda’s flat without feeling too crowded.  Stephen read Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation before we prayed which I had never heard before.  The food was delicious and there were all the typical Thanksgiving dishes including turkey, gravy, stuffing, cornbread, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin cheesecake, and apple pies.  It was great fun chatting around the tables.  Afterwards, we chatted for hours, everyone feeling too full to move or unwilling to go out into the pouring rain and cold.  I really enjoyed how everyone made the new people feel welcome.  There were a few girls I didn’t know, who were visiting from Northern Ireland, the States, or studying in Glasgow.  I had a friend from Geneva who came to visit me since she is studying abroad in Ireland for the semester.  She knew no one, yet everyone made an effort to make her feel welcome by chatting with her.  I enjoyed meeting new people and spending time with those I already knew, some I might not see again in my time here in Scotland.  I wished the evening would never end as we sat in a circle chatting, teasing, and laughing.  I was so blessed to experience such a wonderful taste of the fellowship we will experience in Heaven.

Juliana Miller

ThanksgivingBethany and Castine with cakeBethany and Jessica at Thanksgiving