When we lived in the United States, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. It was one time of the year when you could simply chill out with friends and family over a lovely meal and forget the worries of the day. It helped that the powers that be had wisely decreed it be a four day weekend too! One of our best friends there, Steve and his lovely wife Nikki, used to run an expat’s Thanksgiving. Nikki provided a warm welcome to all their foreign friends, like my family. We would gather at their house, mid-afternoon, for socializing and a fabulous meal. I can still smell the wood-smoked turkey, and taste those amazing pecan pies.