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Thursday, November 24, 2011

American Holidays: Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is purely a Canadian and American holiday, we managed to celebrate it in Athens with B's organization.  I was initially skeptical about how Thanksgiving-y it would feel.  We have spent Thanksgiving at my aunt's place since time immemorial.  Her meal preparations and table setting have always been very elegant: the lovely silver candlesticks, the wine list, the swiss chard and pine nut stuffing, the conversation.  I knew that Thanksgiving would be one of the hardest holidays to spend here (for me, anyway).

I needn't have been worried, although I miss my family.  The chefs where B works really outdid themselves, and prepared seven (our guess!) turkeys, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie...it was delicious.  And it really felt like a Thanksgiving meal.  The families were relegated to a large table in a separate room, which was perfect. The adults chatted--mostly related to work and living in Greece.  Z and M met new friends, and ate lots (and lots) of bread.  Walking home, the air had a crisp chill--not quite the freeze your toes off kind, but the kind that means fall.  

It was a blessed Thanksgiving.  We hope yours was, too!


Stephanie said...

Sounds wonderful! I'm so glad you got to celebrate with others in your same situation :)

pleximama said...

Me, too! :)