Tsh Oxenreider
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Tsh Oxenreider is the author of Notes From a Blue Bike and the founder of The Art of Simple. She's host of The Simple Show, and her passion is to inspire people that 'living simply' means making room for more of the stuff that really matters, and that the right,...

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  1. So true! I am a missionary serving overseas in Botswana Africa. This post made me smile! I am thankful that even though I am here, I have friends around me who make me feel as though Thanksgiving is still important!

  2. I have to first note the previous post by Sarah in Botswana. We have missionary friends in Botswana, too! Small world we live in.
    However, on Thanksgiving when you are far away from all familiarity, I know the world doesn’t seem too small at all. Fabulous post, Tsh. You are right, no matter what soil our soles touch, we all have reason to be thankful. I am thankful I get to celebrate Thanksgiving with our local “family”, our brothers and sisters through Christ. As a military family, we have rarely (actually never) lived close enough to family to celebrate Thanksgiving, BUT God in His goodness has always given us a local “family(s)” to celebrate with us.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. I can totally relate! This year is my 1st year hosting Thanksgiving, and we are having more Israeli’s and foreigners than actual Americans coming. lol. But nonetheless, its great!

  4. As I sit here reading your post, I realize how easily I take things for granted. Things such as being able to drive to the local Wal-Mart and easily purchase a turkey, stuffing mix, zip-lock bags

  5. This brought happy tears, Tsh. (I confess: I have a Norman Rockwell print hanging in our house ~weak smile~).
    The ties that bind and the God graces — the gathering to give thanks, however we are, wherever we are. Profoundly moving and deeply, rightly, human and spiritual.
    Thank you, Tsh, for such a post.
    Blessed Thanksgiving Day, my friend, a Canadian wishing an American ex-pat on far-flung soil!
    All’s grace,

  6. We just finished our Thanksgiving Day in Beijing China. It is so important to keep some of our traditions alive and we had a great day with four families!!

  7. This post really captured what holidays are like overseas. I can totally relate, having lived in Africa. Thanks for the beautiful memory.

  8. Jennifer (in the comment above) is my daughter and sent me your link.
    While she has moved back to college we are still living in Africa.
    This article sounds just like our household. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday precisely because it means bringing people together for a time of fellowship.

  9. Ah, we just celebrated our second thanksgiving in Hong Kong, but our first time hosting. I have to admit I felt pretty proud of myself for pulling off a traditional meal in only a toaster oven! 🙂 Funny thing is, we were pulling out our hair trying to think of Americans to invite. Most of our close friends aren’t, but for some reason we felt an obligation to include Americans. We found some, and had a lovely time, but then an Aussie friend berated me for not including her–she’d never had pumpkin pie before and always wanted to try it. Doh! Next year, we’re inviting all the people we’re thankful for, no matter where they’re from and no matter if they’ve heard of thanksgiving or not.