Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US and I won’t be celebrating as I have in the past, since I’ll be working. (Take pity on me working on a “holiday” and come visit!) Since I’m usually starting the cooking today (cornbread, pecan pie), I thought I’d reblog this old post about the Dutch connection to Thanksgiving, particularly as it’s been getting a few hits in recent weeks. Also, if you’re in Utrecht and looking for baking soda or molasses, or corn meal, I recommend visiting one of the tokos in town. There’s one across from Blokker by Hoog Catherijne, and there’s a new one that has opened across from Tivoli-Vredenburg (next to a Chinese restaurant). They’re the best places to find baking soda and corn meal (I use the dry polenta). There’s an expat food shop on Steenweg, but be prepared to spend an arm and a leg on anything there. I think €6+ was the going price for one can of Libby’s pumpkin purée, so consider buying the frozen pumpkin pieces in the grocery store and making your own if you’re desperate and broke. Whether you’re celebrating or not, try to take a moment to think about what you have to be thankful for. It’s good to remember the positives.
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, and happy Thursday to those who don’t. Regardless of your nationality, it’s always nice to take a moment to think about the good things in your life and be thankful for them, be they big or small. It’s a nice reminder when things aren’t always going so well.
Although Thanksgiving is seen primarily as a North American holiday (our Canadian neighbors to the north celebrate a few weeks before we do in the US), there still is a Dutch connection to the holiday. In fact, the Pilgrims spent approximately 12 years in the Netherlands, around Leiden, before actually heading to the new world. There’s even a Pilgrim museum in Leiden, which gives a bit of history on their time there, and includes information about the origins of the Thanksgiving celebration, which may have begun during their time in the Netherlands. As mentioned in
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