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I am not American and in France, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
Since I moved to Cabo, Mexico where so many Canadians and Americans live I got into celebrating this wonderful holiday, just like I now await and happily enjoy Halloween and the day of the dead (and the posadas!).
I have been cooking thanksgiving every year for the past 3 years for friends and family. I always design and handcraft funny and original invitations to build up the expectation before T- Day. They are definitely not work-of-art worthy but they make a cute reminder on a fridge for a few days!
This year again, we will gather around all types of furniture in my house – as my long dinning room table always ends up being too small for everyone – while eating, talking and being thankful to be all together.
A week ago, Leonardo – Yes, I know him again – gave me a challenge for this year and the opportunity to take early resolutions. What happened is that I watched his documentary Before the Flood and it was a wake-up call. Yes, I knew about global warming and I was already doing my small part to avoid making my carbon footprint even bigger, but I did not know how bad our situation really was… or maybe I just did not pay enough attention to the signs. But watching his documentary and listening to his (charming) voice, made me think about actually doing important changes in our daily life to do our part to save our planet. This is why this thanksgiving is different for me. I want to be thankful not only towards my family and friends…
This year I want to thank our planet and promise her that we will do better:
1. We now have a little veggie garden in our backyard to grow our own organic produce,
2. I bike to work 3 days a week – Monday & Friday, I unfortunately carry too much things to fit on the bike for now -, and my team at work is doing the same!
3. I only buy organic and responsibly grown produce and
4. We stopped eating beef,
5. We eat at least one vegan meal a day
6. We started looking into installing solar panels on our roof that would be strong enough to not fly away during hurricane season
I know there is so much more to do and this is not nearly enough to repay the debt we owe to our planet. But it is a start and we have to be active and positive about our capacity to make things better.
Here at work, I am glad we work only with handmade fine items from México. Making one of kind pieces is a slow and sometimes tedious process but each product and each box is made and prepared with love and care by people who are passionate about their work and care more about honest living than personal greed. I am thankful I have the opportunity to work with so many designers and artists who respect their history, their traditions and their planet.
So this year, I invite you to take good thanksgiving resolutions and to do your part, the best way you know and can, to help protect our fragile ecosystem.