Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thanksgiving ...or not?

For some reason the guys here have done Thanksgiving in the past. While I can appreciate the overall theme, it is as far from the Khmer culture as it gets. We celabrated it again this year just to maintain some sort of consistency with all the changes we have made here.
From the start it was not what you would have in the US. Weather was warm not crisp or cold, no pictures of turkeys or Pilgrims anywhere, none of my relatives came (not that I expected them to fly out), we ate at a restaurant and no football. The food was very SE Asian. No turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry, Stuffing, Yams or traditional main course or side dishes. It was a bit disorienting.
The one thing that was comforting was the pies. The girls house went all out and made pumpkin and apple pies. They even made lemon bars. The boys house contributed ice cream and we had a proper American Thanksgiving desert. It was very nice.

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