Thanksgiving in Britain
Filed again under "random notes from Britain," some things I find amusing about being an American in the UK this Thanksgiving holiday:
1. English muffins here are just called "muffins."
2. Bagels and (real) blueberry muffins are sold in supermarkets with a little American flag icon on the packaging.
3. Yesterday I went to a Thanksgiving lunch put on by some British people. To re-create a bit of American spirit, they had decorated the room with red, white, and blue balloons and little American flags in addition to the normal pumpkins and paper turkeys. It was funny (and weirdly inappropriate) to see such patriotic decor on a holiday that's in many ways uniquely American (though Canada has one too) and forms part of the American civil religion but isn't really "about" America the way, say, the 4th of July is.