Bringing Thanksgiving Back Old World Style

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

When I left the states, it seemed that Mom’s biggest concern was what I was going to do for Thanksgiving. Knowing it’s my favourite holiday, she was concerned I’d be in class all day (as a matter of fact, I will be) or, worse, all alone eating spaghetti in my flat.

Thankfully, my friends were more than willing to accommodate this North American tradition of eating ridiculous amounts, so we embarked on the planning of a London Thanksgiving. And just like that First Thanksgiving, many of us were giving thanks that we had made it here. Awwww.

Now, back to the food.

While there was a small mishap with a turkey (Why would they have a turkey? It’s not Christmas yet. Chickens were delectable anyway), we had all the traditional Thanksgiving fixins: mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, salads, bread, sweet potato souffle, veggies, cranberry sauce, and pie. Delicious.

And perfect. For my first Thanksgiving away from home, these were the best people with whom to celebrate. I’m so thankful that my family taught me not only how to cook these dishes (although I only contributed to the sweet potatoes to this feast) but also what goes into that food and how to share it with others. While most of my photos turned out quite blurry, everyone just looks so happy.

Happy early Thanksgiving to all you over on the other side of the world. I miss you. But don’t fret, my Thanksgiving definitely wasn’t lacking any food or love.


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