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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving is... Where It Is

First of all, let me start off by saying: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays: family and friends come together in one place, there is no pressure to give people presents, and, most importantly, it is full of delicious food.

Happy Thanksgiving from Welcome to Germerica

As Thanksgiving this year was approaching, however, I realized something: I have not spent Thanksgiving at "home" (meaning with my immediate family at my parent's house) in four years.

My first time being away from home for Thanksgiving was in 2011, when I was studying abroad in Germany during my Bachelor's. The next year, in 2012, my parents went on a cruise, and I spent Thanksgiving at my aunt's house. In 2013, I was back in Germany and had dinner with Marco (you can read about that one here). And this year, 2014, I am still here in Germany, a country that certainly does not celebrate one of my absolute favorite holidays.

Although last year was very nice, and Marco and I had a wonderful meal together, I did decide to invite some people over this year to make it feel a little bit more like a proper Thanksgiving. Still, it got me wondering what Thanksgiving really meant to me now that I have spent so many of them away from what I still consider "home." 

I know many people like to say things like "Thanksgiving means family." And while I do consider Marco a part of my family at this point, I would not consider spending Thanksgiving with only him as "spending Thanksgiving with family" (sorry, Marco).

So, let's be honest: Thanksgiving is... where it is. I love Thanksgiving, and I will never stop celebrating it, no matter where I am. There really is not much more to it than that.

Now let's eat some turkey! Or chicken, which is what we will actually be having. Any poultry will do, really. Heck, I would probably even settle for some ham...

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, how will you be celebrating this year?

13 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I celebrated both Thanksgiving and Christmas yesterday with my immediate family (parents and college-age children) in Wisconsin, USA - we had the turkey dinner, cleaned up, and then exchanged gifts. My parents had decorated the dining room for T-Day and the rest of the house for Christmas! Today my daughter and I fly back to Germany, where she'll spend the next month with my husband and me. I hope you, Marco, and your friends have a lovely day!

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  2. Have a great time! I do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but I had an extremely early british Christmas dinner last weekend with turkey :-D

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  3. That sounds so nice! And you managed to get the best out of both countries: great dinner at home in the US, and now you get to enjoy the amazing Christmas spirit of German (Christmas markets and all that).

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  4. Thanks! I am just about to put ours in the oven!!!

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  5. Mandi | No Apathy AllowedNovember 27, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    I've organized a big potluck-style Thanskgiving with friends here in Germany for the past four years, which is always a lot of fun. Makes me proud that there is now a group of Germans in Bremen that have become experts at so many traditional Thanksgiving dishes! :) But because Thursday is so inconvenient, we'll celebrate on Sunday instead. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  6. I haven't been home for Thanksgiving in years either, but I actually was never that big of a fan of it before going abroad (perhaps because we don't have any specific family traditions for it). Now that I'm overseas, I like it more than ever, being able to introduce it to international friends and make a party out of it.

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  7. That sounds nice! This was my first year inviting friends, but they loved it, and they seriously impressed me with their research into traditional Thanksgiving foods and what they brought!

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  8. It is pretty awesome celebrating it abroad too. And nobody (regardless of what country they are from) would turn down the chance for an amazing meal :)

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  9. Thankfully, my department at Uni Heidelberg throws us a Thanksgiving dinner which is potluck style (they provide unlimited beer and turkey though!). I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  10. I'm totally jealous! Ironically enough, though, my university actually has an International Dinner for all international students tonight, which is a huge buffet. We don't have many Americans here, though (or at least I don't know any...), so it is just coincidence that it is so close to Thanksgiving.

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  11. How ironic! and seriously, if you're ever in Heidelberg (or nearby), I'd love to meet up with you! :) xo

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  12. Totally! Ever since I moved here about 1.5 years ago, I haven't met any other Americans in Germany yet!

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  13. Back when we lived in Germany each Thanksgiving we would invite up to 4 GIs. All of them were single and had no other place to go on Thanksgiving. Just like you said it wasn't a "traditional" family get together, but it was nice. We were all in the same situation, away from home and away from family.

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