For 17 years I celebrated Thanksgiving abroad in three different countries. Naturally, this could have been a lonely experience, as this is uniquely a North American holiday. However, these were the best Thanksgivings in my memory. Each year I would host the Thanksgiving meal, and I invited any American or Canadian I knew and their partners, spouses and families. These would be friends, friends of friends, family of friends, colleagues of friends - anyone seeking a Thanksgiving celebration and finding themselves far from home.