My First Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dinner Table Set-Up

Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday in the US which is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal.. As the name implies, it is a day to be thankful for what you have. As far as I know, it’s only the US and Canada which has this type of holiday so I was extremely excited to be able to celebrate it with my family.

I had a little research done about Thanksgiving to understand this holiday better and be able to celebrate it the right way. The first Thanksgiving celebration was actually to celebrate the first harvest in 1621. It was celebrated for 3 days during that time. These days, it is celebrated annually during the 4th Thursday of November which also is the start of the holiday season in this part of the world.

We had a mini Thanksgiving meal on the day itself as we were set to have the huge Thanksgiving dinner that weekend at my sister’s house. While my mom was busy preparing the turkey and other dishes, my sister, nephew and myself were all busy watching Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on TV. All throughout the program, I only had one thing in mind “Thank God! I wasn’t in New York that day, it must be extremely crowded!”. I’m not very good in crowded places and seeing those people lined up to see the beautiful floats made me a bit claustrophobic already. I’m weird, I know. Just in time after the parade, my mom brought out the turkey, the stuffings, the pumpkin and apple pies. I wasn’t able to take a photo as it was so good we practically destroyed the turkey in no time.

Fast forward to Saturday that week, we arrived at my sister’s house at around 2pm to help her with the preparation. As I’m not very good and considered absolutely useless in the kitchen, I was hoping that I’d just have to set the table as a form of help. Unfortunately though, my sister who’s a bit of an OC already decorated her house beautifully. She’s a part-time caterer by the way and does this for a living. The decoration was elegant and yet, inviting. I think to be a good hostess, you have to make your guests feel special at the same time comfortable which she perfected in her decoration.

As my sisters were busy preparing the dishes, the family started arriving. Being a Filipino family combined with my sister’s boyfriend with Greek/Italian decent, the whole house was filled with happy and beautiful faces in no time. Needless to say, it was chaotic and a lot of fun. At 10 past 6pm, dinner was finally served. My sister and her boyfriend filled our plates with green salad for starters paired with a glass of wine of our choice. 🙂

After the salad, we headed to the buffet table to fill our plates with the yummy dishes my sister prepared. Everything was delicious and I’m not saying that just because she’s my sister. I’d be the first to tell her if a dish wasn’t good just to annoy her, you know – the sisterly bond. However, I can’t even say a word during the meal as I was too busy eating. I think I ate enough food to sustain myself for a whole week.

My favorite dish was the green bean casserole, I have not had anything like it before. It was a very flavorful combination of mushroom, cream and cheese – I think even if I develop lactose intolerance in the future (knock on wood), I won’t refuse a serving of it now that I have tasted one. It was only after that day did I find out that the green bean casserole is actually a staple dish during Thanksgiving. That’s definitely going to be one of my reasons to keep coming back to the US for Thanksgiving.

After the dinner, we played some games until around midnight before we all bid farewell. It was a great first Thanksgiving dinner for me which I hope is not going to be the last. As I have not seen my family for quite some time, that’s what I’m thankful for the most – that I got to spend a great holiday with them.

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  • Mitzie Mee December 7, 2014 at 09:04

    Thanksgiving is one of those traditions I would love to celebrate in Denmark (so I could eat a lot of all that yummy food), but as for now, it’s only Black Friday, which has been imported:/

    • Pinay Flying High December 7, 2014 at 09:36

      Not sure about you but I don’t need an excuse to eat a lot of food ‘coz I do that regularly. Lol.
      “Let’s pig out! Because you know, it’s Wednesday!” :p

  • Michael December 4, 2014 at 21:40

    Wow! That food looks delicious! I’m so happy that you enjoyed your 1st Thanksgiving and are enjoying your time here in the US. 🙂

    • Pinay Flying High December 4, 2014 at 22:17

      Thank you, it was a great Thanksgiving weekend for us. I hope you had a fantastic one yourself. 🙂

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