What I am thankful for this Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013

in An American in Europe,Living abroad

Stockholm The real deal meal I had on Monday at the American Women’s Club thanksgiving luncheon.


On this Thanksgiving day in Stockholm, I am thankful for so many things.

First, I’m thankful for gaining a little bit of wisdom with age. I’ve learned over my years abroad that I can’t ignore Thanksgiving, even though it is not a holiday here. These days I know that if I don’t make some sort of plans to be with friends and have turkey, I end up feeling so far from home, so left out.

So even though I am working, Robert is out of town on business and I won’t be having any turkey today, I did  go to a Thanksgiving luncheon on Monday. And I am thankful for that. It was wonderful to celebrate the day with my fellow expats in the American Women’s Club and to eat turkey. (I was not so impressed with the hockey-puck -shaped dressing that had about the same taste as, well, a hockey puck would. See the disk shape on the top of the plate in the photo above.)

Because I do need to further celebrate this very North American holiday, Robert and I will be cooking the full turkey and trimmings meal on Saturday for a few friends who have never celebrated Thanksgiving before. An American friend will be helping us out with a few side dishes, including sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

And I am so thankful that I get to do this. Because even though our apartment is not big enough to host all the people I would like to invite to dinner, I am thankful we have it and that we did not have to move again this month.

While I will not get to be with my family today as they gather for dinner today, I will get to see them on Skype.  And I am thankful that I will soon get to see them in person for Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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