So, this year’s Thanksgiving was our first one as future U.S. residents. Even if my aunt lives in Utah, I never had a traditional thanksgiving dinner in my life. My closest contact to Thanksgiving was through Friends or other american TV series. So we decided to change this from now on.
While watching our favourite Thanksgiving episode of Friends some weeks ago one of my girlfriends and me made the big plan to have a Thanksgiving dinner this year! Unfortunately the Thanksgiving thursday is not a holiday in Germany, so we had to throw a belated dinner party on Friday. My Thanksgiving experience began with going down to the grocery store in the morning to buy sweet potatoes. I have neither eaten nor cooked sweet potatoes before, so it was kind of exciting. I made a sweet potatoe casserole and a New York cheesecake for desert and our friends at who’s house our dinner party was located took care of the traditional turkey. We normally only eat such a big turkey for christmas, so it was really new to us to meet with friends and make such a huge dinner in November! But even if this was my first Thanksgiving I have already decided that I won’t skip this tradition any year from now on.
We had to make a vow to our friends that we will invite them over for Thanksgiving the first year we live in California. Even if this date lies about two years in the future, I can’t wait for it. I can’t wait for my first thanksgiving shopping in California. I can’t wait for my first turkey in California. And I can’t wait for my first official Thanksgiving holiday! I think this is such a nice tradition, which brings you together with your family and friends. And I will definitely teach this tradition to my kids one day. And I guess by then I will have some experience and not be surprised by the taste of sweet potatoes anymore.