Wednesday, November 24, 2010
For the past three years, Phil and I have celebrated Thanksgiving at our home in the UK. After all, when we first moved here in the fall of 2007, so many people were instrumental in helping us get settled and figure out our lives. We were truly grateful, and what better way to show it than a Thanksgiving celebration with all of our new British friends?
This year will be our third Thanksgiving in the UK. I never tire of inviting new friends. "I've never been to a Thanksgiving before!" they always say. This year we're expecting 25 people.
Don't worry, it'll be a potluck. I couldn't dream of cooking for that many people with my teeny-tiny British fridge, oven, and trigger-happy smoke alarm. But we'll carry on a few traditions; Phil will make pumpkin pie, I'll do cranberry applesauce and jambalaya. We discovered a few years ago that many Brits have never heard of jambalaya. So it's fun to share a uniquely American food, even if it's not part of our cultural heritage.
Except, yes, no turkey. I'll probably throw a few chunks in the jambalaya! It's hard to get a whole bird this time of year in the UK, and any turkey I do get will either be frozen or expensive meat from a deli. Plus, have I mentioned my teeny-tiny British fridge, oven, and trigger-happy smoke alarm?
Besides, our British friends are happy to contribute. So far this year we've had offers for cranberry sauce, bread rolls, pumpkin soup, and Mississippi mud pie. Oh, and tempura and Oreo cheesecake. We've got great friends.
For me, the best part of the evening is celebrating with friends, starting new traditions, and remembering how much I have to be thankful for.
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too.