This was my first Thanksgiving in Zürich. Thanksgiving is hard to miss online. Some local stores had "Black Friday" deals, even though Thursday wasn't a holiday. It was surreal.
On Thursday after work, we went out to a new place for dinner, a hot dog shop. Then we wandered down to Bahnhofstrasse to see the lights. About one month before Christmas, Zürich lights up the Christmas lights over the road and the Christmas markets start. It was very busy and we didn't stay long. The lights made me happy, even though they're for Christmas and not Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so it kind of surprised me that I didn't miss it. I expected to be pining for the family together time and American football on TV. But I didn't. I think because I get a mini-Thanksgiving every Sunday.
The best part of Thanksgiving to me is a whole day dedicated to food, family, being grateful for what you have, and relaxing. It's like the ultimate meditation or revelry in contentedness. Since moving to Switzerland, I have that almost every Sunday. While the time is not as dedicated to thankfulness, the frequency has a lot to recommend it.
So, I managed to avoid the frenzy that follows Thanksgiving and still have the best parts every week. That's a fine tradition.