The Power of Gratitude: My Little Canadian Thanksgiving in Taiwan


Thanksgiving is a time when people stop for a moment, consider all the good in their life, reflect on their many fortunes, and honor everything valuable in their life.

It is a time when the entire family comes together to share a meal and publicly acknowledge their many blessings in life.

For me, Thanksgiving has always been a celebration where I am grateful for everything that is near and dear to me.

And as I celebrate another Canadian Thanksgiving in Taiwan, I appreciate all the opportunities I have had thus far in life and all the little things that make my life all the more amazing. I am thankful for the people who have made my life so beautiful and for the wonderful things (like good health and happiness) that make my life all the more complete.

And as I enjoy good wine and a good meal on this Thanksgiving day, I contemplate the fact I am thankful for all the good in my life not only on Thanksgiving, but each and every day!!

As every day is a blessing!! A gift!! A present!!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!


21 thoughts on “The Power of Gratitude: My Little Canadian Thanksgiving in Taiwan

  1. Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia (neither in my Malaysia or my Chinese-Malaysian family), Happy Thanksgiving to you! The little things in life do make our life amazing: like food on the table, a roof over our heads, the ones we love and of course, good health. Often we take them for granted and don’t realise what we have until it’s gone. Why? Maybe it’s because we tend to get distracted – get distracted by having the latest gadget or achieving our ambitious goals.

    Those Thanksgiving dolls (?) look very cute. Very happy-looking too, they’ll light up any room.

    1. Thanks, Mabel! And yes, I agree! We should always appreciate the little things in life – I feel life is about taking nothing for granted and appreciating the things we have, not the items we don’t.

      I bought those little scarecrows a few years ago as they reminded me of vegetables, harvest, and the season of fall.

      1. Ah, so that’s what those dolls are for. Miniature scarecrows. For Thanksgiving and apt for Halloween too. Those are something we don’t see too much of in Melbourne. I went out for a walk today and saw some thrift shops selling witch dolls and plastic pumpkin heads. This is what many Australians associate Halloween with – the supernatural, and chocolate. In Australia, many of us still aren’t familiar with Thanksgiving, but I’m sure a lot of us take time to appreciate what we have every now and then.

  2. Happy Gobble Gobble! 😀 So… did you have turkey?? I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving when I was living outside Canada. No oven meant no turkey. Well, no turkey also meant no turkey. 😀 It was a day off though as Japan has a holiday on the same day, but for Sports Day. That’s neat that you continue observing it and it feels wonderful to give thanks!

    1. Actually, I have a full size oven (but very few people do in Taiwan) – I did without one for 10 years in Taiwan and when my husband and I moved into our new house, it was one of the first things I bought. As for obtaining a turkey, Costco usually sells frozen ones right before American Thanksgiving but a few ago, they opted to sell only cooked ones. So, my husband hit the internet and found a turkey growing farmer (apparently there are many of them in Taiwan) not far from us, we order it, and it was delivered fresh, right to our door the next day and we paid for it upon arrival (gotta love the convenience of Taiwan).

      1. Wonderful! I forgot about Costco. Good point! When I lived in Japan, I can’t remember if Costco had opened up. There are a few now. There were two small companies that imported food from Costco and from somewhere else – can’t remember where though. I’m pretty sure that expats not living on bases were pretty excited to have those services available. Hmm… I wonder if there are turkey growing farmers in Japan?? My in-laws had never tried it until last year when the visited us. 😀

  3. Happy thanksgiving!! 🙂 What’s the history behind Canadian Thanksgiving? I know in the States it has to do with the pilgrims and their first harvest. Is it similar? 🙂

  4. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Any event that brings people together or helps people to remember the wonder that is the people around them is one I’m keen to celebrate too. Hope you had a good one 😀

  5. Glad to find another expat who celebrates Thanksgiving. We have another month until our American one. But we like to celebrate wherever we are and we always try to invite local friends to celebrate with us and experience an American Thanksgiving themselves.

    1. Yes, I like to think I enjoy the best of both worlds by celebrating both Canadian and Taiwanese holidays. And I agree with you – I love inviting my Taiwanese friends over during the Christmas season when my house is decorated and they love the experience so much!

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