Thanksgiving is a big deal in my family and it is maybe my favorite holiday. It is also uniquely American. Our schedule this year does not allow for celebrating on the real holiday because we will be expecting Clyde any day at that point. We came up with a plan to host an early Thanksgiving dinner at our house for our foreign friends. Most of my coworkers were away in Germany and it was perfect time.
We invited our Slovenian friends and all our local Italian friends. We also had one other American friend help us cook. Our fashion designer friends and the maid from work and her whole family, the Busker’s family and their American exchange student and even more.
Thanksgiving is a lot of work. I took some pictures before we got started but we were cooking and setting up for days beforehand. I made notes so people could write down what they are thankful for- that was fun to explain in Italian to people.
We had the bread rolls and dessert tables ready as we finished all the other items. I got a chance to photograph Nate’s rolls and a few of the desserts. I made the cheesecake and he made the coconut cream pie. We had lots of other desserts too!
Nate deep fried the turkeys and they were awesome! We both made stuffing/dressing and we had lots of casseroles. I took a bite of turkey and stuffing together and it truly tasted like Thanksgiving or even home. The tables were set and it was a nice sit down meal with friends and it was so authentic feeling despite the different setting. I am so glad we did this.
We started dinner at 4:00 PM and the Italians had no idea what to do with that time! They eat dinner at 9:00 PM and lunch at noon so we told them this is traditional and there will be lots of food. They did not understand that they should have a small lunch.
When everyone arrived (45 minutes late or so) we got started and the food was great. But they barely ate! The Americans there knew how to do it. One family has an American exchange student and she ate a bunch and so did all the Americans. It was fun to see the Italians try the food. They all seemed to like it. We had wine and we hung out and even watched American football afterward. The kids played wii in the other room and the adults chatted through all the language barriers.
We are lucky to be invited into the homes of our Italian friends and learn about their holidays. This was a great chance to repay the favor. It was one of my favorite things I have done since living here. We celebrated November 3rd and then afterward I felt like it was time to get ready for Christmas. Because we were going to be away at the base waiting for Clyde when I would normally decorate, we decided to get ahead so we can just bring him home to a magical Christmas house!