A Semi-Traditional Thanksgiving

It’s just my wife and I (and our little dog) for Thanksgiving this year. My other family members who live here are traveling, but I decided it wasn’t practical for me. I worked late last night, flying on Thanksgiving is a nightmare, and I have two papers to work on for grad school.

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My employer gave me a turkey, but that would have been too much food for us. I gave it to the lady who used to help us care for my grandmother. So, we had a store-bought chicken, but it was smoked, and delicious. Popcorn isn’t a traditional thanksgiving food, but it’s “new world” just like turkey and sweet potatoes. I don’t know the origin of strawberries, but my wife wanted some.

carving12b A certain family member in the background is REALLY into Thanksgiving.

I’ve had a few less-traditional Thanksgiving dinners while living overseas — KFC was probably the closest I got, and I didn’t get any time off work. But I have gotten time off for Deepavali, Idul Fitri, and Chinese New Year.

If you’re an American, I hope you’re spending Thanksgiving with your family, and you have some delicious food. If you’re not American, you need to get this holiday in your country!

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14 comments

  1. It looks yummy! When I saw the bottle of tea, I thought you were living in Japan… Good luck with your papers.

    1. My wife is a fan of all things Japanese, and would enjoy living there, but unless you’re an English teacher, the language presents a pretty big obstacle to employment. I’ve taken her on a trip to Japan before, and will probably do so again in the future.

  2. That chicken looks about the right size, and pretty darned good. Hope you had a great day.

    1. I had enough left over for a one-person meal today. It was a good day, although I did miss my family’s home-made rolls!

  3. Popcorn sounds really good right about now…

    1. I had some again today, while watching a rented movie with my wife.

  4. Yum, I am now hungry. Happy Thanksgiving from Europe!

    1. Thanks! This is the first of our two big holidays for getting together with family and eating a big meal. Christmas is coming soon…

  5. Just caught up with your Thanksgiving post. The chicken looks great. I think popcorn belongs.

    1. I’m just seeing your comment now. Can’t find the comments screen in the new wordpress interface.

      1. Hmmmm. Well that is a problem. 🙂

  6. My wife went to Texas so it was just me at home. I very strongly considered frying a turkey just for myself, but made chili instead.

    1. Turkey chili could become the new Thanksgiving tradition.

  7. […] our not-quite-traditional Thanksgiving, I wanted a more-traditional Christmas.  December turned out to be a very busy month at work and […]

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