It’s that time of year again for our American members, when we try to carve out time from an oblivious British calendar to celebrate, as best we can, the holiday of Thanksgiving. There is always that tug of war between weekday commitments in a country that sails serenely over our national holiday, and gathering for the traditional meal – does it count if it’s not Thursday? If we don’t have turkey? If our popovers are really Yorkshire puddings? If we make cornbread with polenta meal? The struggle is real; yet when the obstacles are overcome, it is immensely satisfying to share time with friends and family, and remind ourselves to be grateful for what we have.

This year, however, even the most dedicatedly festive-minded may feel challenged. The year 2016 is one that will go down in history as the year many of the steady pillars supporting our lives vanished. A small army of dearly loved and admired icons has passed away, too numerous to name; elements of our lives we took for granted – a strong currency, the right to live and work where we wished, who was an ally and who was not, what democracy looks like – have all been called into question; and the future looks at the very least, unpredictable.

I am sure that many of us have suddenly become very aware of our nationality, and are wondering for the first time what the consequences could be. If you are an EU national, as many of us are, there is the concern that we may no longer be welcome in a country where we have lived and worked for years. If you have obtained your UK nationality, there is the flipside concern that you may no longer be welcome over in Europe – a consideration when looking to the future and projects that cast, shoot, or perform on the continent. In the future,  if we are EU, will we be allowed to audition for that commercial, or be barred so a UK national can take our place? If we are UK, will we be allowed to accept that commercial, if it is shooting in Europe?

And let’s not even talk about having an American accent, and being made to feel responsible for Trump – even if you are from Toronto. Or if from south of the Canadian border, wondering worriedly what frightening legislation the erratic new head of state might inflict on Americans living abroad that would make FATCA and the FBAR seem like child's play.

Yet, for now, in true British fashion, we must not panic. There will be many questions needing to be answered in the months ahead, and it would behoove us all not to take anything for granted; however, for the time being, nothing should technically change workwise. Britain is still in the EU, which means that for now, all us EU nationals still have the right to live and work here – and most likely will continue to do so. It also means, for the UK nationals among us, that you are free to work on the continent, so go ahead and say yes to that commercial. And for the Americans, Mr. Trump has not yet taken office, and though he will do so in a matter of months, has not made any mention of those of us living abroad.

Thus, even if by this time next year, the kaleidoscope has shifted in ways we can hardly imagine, for right now, we are all okay. We are the lucky ones, who belong to more than one country or culture, and are able, for now, to take advantage of that fact. For right now, we can and should be grateful to be the immigrants we are.

So Happy Thanksgiving, everyone  - which is, after all, the celebration of immigrants who survived in a foreign land. If they could do it, so can we.