Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving

Moving to Dubai has meant that we have adopted lots of new traditions thanks to our international neighbourhood. We celebrated Halloween in October and now it's time for Thanksgiving, one of the biggest holidays in the United States.
The traditional Thanksgiving meal consist of the turkey of course and various side dishes, such as green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and sweet potatoes. Yesterday we had all of the above except for a green bean casserole. It was replaced by lots of steamed vegetables insteaed. For desert, we enjoyed ice cream and pecan pie!
Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated mainly in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. The holiday has its roots in religious and cultural traditions.
In Sweden, we had a similar "harvest feast" a long time ago. It usually took place in August or September after the big harvest. However, I don't think people are celebrating anymore.
Friend T hosted this year's Thanksgiving.
During our first year in the compound, everyone got together and we set up lots of tables on the street and "food stations" with turkeys and side dishes. It was a great feast and nice initiative. The following years however, people have found their own Thanksgiving tradition and celebrate with their closest friends and family.

Beautifully set table



Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and turkey

Friend T's sweet potatoes with marsh mallows on top!

The delicious turkey

Turkey and Waldorf salad
Needless to say, we were rolling back home after a wonderful evening with friends. After dinner, we enjoyed a nice glass of wine outside. The temperature has definitely cooled down and it is almost a bit chilly (if one dares to say that) but still very pleasant.
Due to the upcoming UAE National Day, I have a day off on Sunday. We have not made any plans for the rest of the weekend. Hubby is coming back from Mauritius tomorrow and Joli has her first sleep over at a friends' house. Very exciting!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
 

10 comments:

  1. Intressant hur traditioner förändras, och vilka som befästs, i internationella miljöer och när folk med olika kulturell bakgrund blandas! Det kan nog stämma att man förr hade nån slags skördefest, däremot har vi väl inte riktigt det där med att känna tacksamhet. Det skulle vi behöva i Sverige tror jag! Vi har så mycket att vara tacksamma över, men ofta glömmer vi det...

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    1. Jag haller med, en skordefest skulle nog behovas, ett tillfalle att kanna tacksamhet over det vi har!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving till dej med. Spännande att se hur traditioner förändras och anammas.
    Kram

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    1. Det ar valdigt spannande och jag facineras over alla olika traditioner som smalter samman. For vara barn ar nu bade Halloween och Thanksgiving helt "normal" inslag I vara traditioner!
      Kram!

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  3. Happy thanksgiving till dig! Visst är det kul med traditioner, och på något vis så blir de liksom ändå viktigare när man bor någon annan stans.

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    1. Haller med! Julen var inte sarskilt viktig for mig nar jag bode I Sverige (innan barn). Helt plotsligt ar det viktigt att ta fram adventsljusstake och tomtar och halla pa traditionerna. Man inser att de utgor en viktig del av ens identitet och nagot att vara stolt over och dela med sig av!

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  4. Jag tycker Thanksgiving är en fin högtid. Fast maten verkar ju helt crazy! Men skulle gärna testa nagon gang!
    Kramar

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    1. Hahaha, som svensk sa ar kombinationen sotpotatis och marshmallows helt otankbar (jag smakar inte ens) men kalkon ar gott och likasa "stuffing" och stuvade bonor. Det ar ungefar samma mat till julen ocksa.
      Kram!

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  5. aww, looked like a wonderful Thanksgiving meal! All of the food looked delicious!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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    1. Thanks Suzie!!! Hope you had a wonderful Thankgsiving too!
      xxx

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