Thanksgiving is now less than a month away (I KNOW; it was an awakening for me, too!) and I am sure it is on the forefront of many minds. Between making travel plans and preparing for the rest of the holiday season, it is certainly one of the busiest times of the year for Americans. Although Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated per se in the UK (there is a Harvest Festival which is held near the autumn equinox), we can always incorporate a bit of Duchess Kate into our lives by asking what would she do for Thanksgiving. How would she celebrate? What would she do to make this holiday special?
A very Kate Thanksgiving : Turkey, anyone?
Food brings people together so bust out your turkey carving skills and try your hand at a homemade pumpkin pie. Mix up the mundane and perhaps try something different. I have no doubt that Duchess Kate uses some of her culinary talent to cook up a tasty pumpkin pie or perhaps you need a little variety and want to lean towards trying out a mincemeat pie. In our home, I’m more inclined to cook delectables such as pies, cakes, etc. My husband perfects the cooking of a turkey. Find your niche and put a personal touch on a meal. Bring out Grandmother’s fine china (no, it’s not meant to be locked away!), shine the silver (on my To Do list), and immerse yourself in the process.
A very Kate Thanksgiving : Dress up!
Whether you’re hosting or are the guest, and even if you’re just around family, dress up for the occasion. I doubt the Duchess is found in sweatpants during a formal family dinner! Being presentable for even those you are closest with, including yourself, is a sign of respect and dressing up will always add a festive air! Life is too short so bring out the sparkles and celebrate any time you can!
A very Kate Thanksgiving : Tradition!
What kind of traditions might Duchess Kate take part in or create? Maybe her family always snaps a goofy photo after dinner. Or perhaps family members read aloud what they are grateful for at dinner. Especially as the Duchess has two little children, creating traditions for Prince George and Princess Charlotte to remember and share with their own families is incredibly important as it is for all children. Take a moment to appreciate the memories you had as a child and don’t hesitate from making new ones.
A very Kate Thanksgiving : Bring On the Red Tags!
I would be quite surprised if the Duchess didn’t take advantage of some Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales from the comfort of her own chair with a cup of mulled wine on the side. We know she has a thrifty side and is just as excited by a good sale as any of us. Which makes me think how she hides presents from Will? “Don’t open that Amazon box or you’ll regret it!”. Take some time now to think of presents that you need to buy so that you can be on the lookout for special sales on those items.
A very Kate Thanksgiving : Embrace Your Life and Have Fun
Let yourself be happy. The Duchess has worries like all of us. Nevertheless, I like to think that she loses herself in the moment when she can in order to fully enjoy the company of those around her and all that she has; that she is reflective and can pause for a moment to take it all in. Take a walk in the brisk air on Thanksgiving morning if you can. Listen to the leaves crunch under your feet. Appreciate all that you have and all that you are grateful for.
Help the less fortunate by volunteering to prepare meals at a homeless shelter or donate canned goods if you’re short on time. Be sure to include your children, nieces, nephews, etc. This is a wonderful example for them of gratitude in action.
How will you be celebrating the holiday?