Friday, December 24, 2010

A Foreigner Thanksgiving

Okay, so I’m a little behind the times. But I still thought it would be nice to share with you all how we celebrated the November Thanksgiving holiday. 
Far away from our blood-related families, we celebrated instead with our wonderful friend/coworker family. The six of us decided it would be much better to order in our dinner instead of make it, given the difficulty of finding ingredients like cranberries and turkeys. Not to mention the lack of ovens in our apartments. 
We ordered our dinner from the Seamen’s Club, originally founded to support Busan’s military personnel. It included turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole (sans french friend onion crispies), gravy, rolls, salad with dressing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. We all added to that with macaroni and cheese, flatbreads with hummus, vegetarian mushroom gravy, and lots of wine. 
At dinner time, Bryan masterfully carved the turkey with entirely inadequate knives and led us in grace. Meanwhile, Shane chatted with the radio station reporter there to record the ‘average day’ in his life for a short documentary feature. We piled our plates, raised our glasses, and shared what we were most thankful for this year: family, support and friendship with others, opportunity to learn and grow, and safety and health. 
After the Sara Lee apple pie was finished off and the last wine drunk, everyone trickled home, bellies full and leftovers divvied. I picked the turkey carcass. This was a big change from last year, when I was vegetarian. 

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