Tuesday, November 06, 2012

NaBloPoMo Day 6: Here it's just another Thursday

I've read a couple of blog posts recently about Thanksgiving. The most recent one was this one over at The Fiery Skull Diaries.

Thanksgiving was never my favourite holiday growing up.  Up until I was about 8 or 9 I liked it ok. My whole family would go to Boston to celebrate with my grandmother and 30 other people (friends of hers, other family members). It was a huge production with two turkeys, a giant dessert table (when my dad was little his grandmother used to make a dessert for every year he was old...the tradition stopped eventually, but the main idea was MANY desserts was the only acceptable way).

Pecan pies, pumpkin pies, mousse, ice cream, jello moulds (ew), and the list goes on.

Eventually my eldest brother started having his own Thanksgiving and stopped coming to ours. I think that's when I stopped liking it. But it was stressful too, I couldn't be in the kitchen helping out (a place I like to be) and my job was to make the name cards for everyone which seemed so incredibly boring and mundane. Who cares where people sit? Let's eat mashed potatoes and call it day!

Then I became a vegetarian (and eventually gluten free). I was left with mashed potatoes and peas for dinner - delicious but not hugely nutritious. My grandmother got older,  more stressed, and less willing for people to help out. I desperately wished every year that I could go somewhere else. Be at someone else's house for thanksgiving. And now that's come true, don't fret none, I'm thankful for it.

Now, I'm in Australia. There is no Thanksgiving. It's just another Thursday. Each year I try to do something: make mashed potatoes and peas to satisfy my own homesickness. This year, I'll probably do the same, Inspector Climate has to work.

I've had offers to spend it with other American Expats or even friends who know how homesick I get. But, I'd rather spend it alone.

I'd rather be able to submerge myself in the memories of Thanksgivings spent in Boston with marshmellow covered yams (what is up with that?) that no one would ever eat.

Currently, I'm nostalgic for egg nog. Desperately homesick for eggnog. I'd try to make it myself, but I think knowing what was it in would turn me off it for life.


10 comments:

  1. Awww, hope you don't get too homesick, know what it's like sometimes! Great stories.

    Elly @ Caribbean Living

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  2. Oh dear. I know Thanksgiving is huge in America. Try not to get too down over it. Maybe have your own mini celebration or creating a new tradition in its place?

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  3. Thanksgiving is always a fun family time! I do hope that you enjoy your thanksgiving. Can we mail you some eggnog?! Let me know! I can't believe AU doesnt have it!

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  4. So true--sometimes we don't know what we've got, until it's gone; and sometimes it's best not to know what's in the things we love. :) Speaking of which, last weekend I bought some Chocolate peppermint eggnog--and then promptly left it at my aunt's house. Sigh. Wretched luck.

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  5. I understand your Blues about Thanksgiving - sometimes family can be a little too much to handle. And I always think that I'm going to like eggnog every winter... and then I try it and change my mind. Maybe I just need to add more alcohol :)

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  6. Oh I wish I could send you some egg nog... Izzy and I bought some over the weekend and added Rum Chata to it, it was DELISH.

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  7. Love me some mashed taters and peas!! My typical T-giving meal of years late has been Ghanaian groundnut soup (spicy peanut soup). I don't get off work the Friday after Thanksgiving and it's not a holiday here and the dogs don't care if I eat pumpkin pie or not (unless they get some too) so I eat what I like and groundnut soup is pretty much my favorite food on the planet (vegetarian and GF!)!! And since I can't be with my family I also prefer to be alone; turning down invites from other expats and never going to the dinner on base. I'd invite you to my groundnut soup but I'm guessing you have to work the next day too and it's a bit far to come just for dinner :)

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  8. I'm not a fan of Thanksgiving either. This year will definitely be different since it's the first year that we're having it since my Grandpa passed this summer. It's kind of tough to think about him not being present and M and I not spending the holiday together, but I guess that's okay.

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  9. I think you should still make yourself some mashed potatoes. Because let's face it, they're just an amazing comfort food no matter what. :-)

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  10. I've never experienced Thanksgiving, but it seems to be such a lovely get together with lots of cooking. I like the idea of celebrating being thankful. It's like here in the Middle East, I think of home during Christmas day because it's never celebrated here and I'm such a big Christmas person.

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