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Vår første Thanksgiving // Our first Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving var en av de feiringene jeg ikke hadde så store forventninger til, men som viste seg å være kjempekoselig. Altså, denne dagen er faktisk nesten like viktig som jul er for amerikanerne – jeg hadde ingen anelse!

Siden det er litt vanskelig å feire med familiene våre her feiret vi sammen med gode venner og naboer (og en danser fra Vegas – only in ‘merica!), og det kunne ikke blitt hyggeligere! Per Christian og jeg sto for kalkunen, eller rettere sagt – Per Christian sto for kalkunen og jeg hjalp til her og der, og de andre lagde tilbehør og kjøpte inn alkohol (for det må man ha ;-)). Naboene våre Jesse og Jade klarte å skvise et langbord med plass til åtte samt en buffetstasjon inn i stua si, og dermed var Thanksgivingmiddagen et faktum.

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I didn’t have very high expectations for Thanksgiving. I have no experience celebrating it – we don’t have it in Norway. But oh my god, I loved it! I can see why it’s so important to Americans.

Since it’s a bit difficult to celebrate with our families for us (them being in Norway and all..), we celebrated it with our friends and neighbors instead (and a dancer from Vegas – only in ‘merica!), and it couldn’t have been better! Per Christian and I were in charge of the turkey, or he was in charge of it and I helped out.. The others made sides and got the alcohol. Our neighbors Jesse and Jade managed to squeeze in a table for eight and a buffet station i their living room and so we were ready!

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Vi hadde så mange flasker vin at jeg trodde aldri vi skulle klare å komme oss gjennom verken de eller all maten, men det gikk helt fint! Vi fikk til og med til en liten spisekonkurranse helt på tampen.. Men det beste var kanksje at vi FAKTISK gikk en runde rundt bordet og fortalte hva vi er takknemlige for! I’m a sucker for alt som faller inn under kategorien “amerikanske kjisjeer”, så det var vel nesten høydepunktet for min del. De fleste sa “god helse” og “venner som dere”. Jeg sa forsåvidt det samme selv, men la til at jeg er ekstremt glad for å ha fått muligheten til å flytte til USA 🙂 Jeg merker også at jeg er takknemlig for jacuzzien på taket. Vi endte jo selvfølgelig opp der for vi kastet inn håndklet (no pun intended..).

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We had so much food and so much wine that I never thought we would be able to consume it all, but it turned out to be no problem at all! A couple of us even had a little eating contest at the end of the dinner.. But the best part was when we actually shared what we are grateful for! I’m such a sucker for everything that falls under the “American clichés category”, so that was probably the highlight of the evening for me! Most of us said “good health” and “friends like you”. I said that too, but I added that I am very grateful for getting the chance to move to the US 🙂 I am also very grateful for the jacuzzi on the roof, where we ended up before we were done and went to sleep.  

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Author: Sara

I’m a Norwegian girl who is leaving the cold, icy north together with my husband to find out what’s happening on the other side of the world, more specifically Los Angeles.

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