Belated post on our First Thanksgiving in Denmark

(originally written around Nov 28th) Oops! Time flies when you’re having fun!

Last weekend, I went to do some shopping on the German border with two other American gals. We had a wonderful day and found TURKEY for our Thanksgiving feast. It is common for Danes to go shopping in Germany for soda, beer, and candy. You could compare these trips to an American “Costco run,” except that we drive 1 1/2 hours and cross into another country. I now understand why SO MANY Danes have hitches on their cars and pull little trailers behind them.

2 Turkeys, a turkey breast, wine… and more wine…

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were purchased in Germany as well as cranberries, Advent calendars, St. Nicholas goodies. I honestly can’t remember what all we got now, but the car was completely full and weighted down in the back.

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Flash forward to this week. Thanksgiving is obviously not celebrated in Denmark… So it’s business as usual. While our family and friends were posting their travels, shopping, and decorating, we were still working, schooling and such. Which is fine, that’s the case for many Americans too – business as usual, but it was a bit harder to realize it is Thanksgiving. So thanks to those that work on holidays! Wednesday, I made pumpkin cookies and lots of fluffy kugel topped with fresh Indonesian cinnamon that friends sent from their local shop in Seattle. YUM! Incredible.

Thursday, I took the family to school and work as usual, and then headed back home to get ready & load the car. I picked up the key to the “Big House” at the LEGO apartments in town, and unloaded my gear and got to work setting up with Leah. We got tables arranged & decorated and commenced with the cooking -some there, and some cooking done back at our houses.

Lars and Leah arrived with the grill and turkeys, and then things really started to get busy with preparing the birds. We also had the challenge of figuring out that the only way the cook top would work was with the magic pots that go to the cook top. Interesting. Then there was the usual sorting out of what to heat and when, and all of the details that go into preparing a feast for 24 people and hoping it was all choreographed well.

We had a lovely evening with many of our new friends, as well as a Danish nanny for one of the families, and also Julie and Michelle, who were here on business over Thanksgiving from the US.

We are thankful for such an open, welcoming and active expat community, and the cooking talents they share. Thanks guys!

Love to our families and friends in the US celebrating Thanksgiving and starting the Holiday season.
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