autumn Cali style

It’s hard to believe, but it seems that another year is closing in – holiday season is just around the corner. As I already explained the whole “holiday” issue exactly a year ago, I’m not going to repeat it, just briefly: “Holidays” mean Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and all that’s involved in those celebrations. This is, in fact, the only time of the year when Americans use the word holidays. The summer holidays are simply “the summer”, or “vacation”, although vacation only applies to times when people actually go away, “go on holiday” for my British friends. Confused? Well, I simply try and avoid the word “holiday”. I still insist on saying “Happy Christmas”!

So far, I haven’t felt remotely Christmassy, probably because of those nice mild temperatures and sunny skies (although I’m not complaining!!!).

our street

But first things first: Thanksgiving. After spending a fantastic American Thanksgiving with friends last year, we’ve decided to have a slightly lower-key version this year. We’re going on another road trip, this time all the way down to San Diego, where we’re hoping to enjoy theme parks and beaches without the crowds (who will hopefully be having big family dinners). We might have to find a restaurant that’ll cook us our Thanksgiving dinner, but frankly, I couldn’t care less. It’ll be so nice to have a whole week, just the 4 of us, going on holiday.

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