For those who are not US origin or based – the fourth Thursday of November is the US celebration of Thanksgiving. There are all sorts of traditions and legends surrounding the holiday. What is fact? It became a US national holiday during the Civil War, instated by Abraham Lincoln. It is a family oriented holiday rather than a religious one.
In honor of the holiday, there was a parade…
There are traditional foods: turkey, dressing, potatoes, sweet potatoes (with/without marshmallows on the top), and cranberry sauce. Then there are the regional favorites which likely include green beans, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie.
The meal can be challenging for vegetarians.
The usual tradition is that families get together, eat themselves sick and either
1) All the women get together and clean up the mess while the guys watch US Football on TV or
2) Everyone watches TV, the kids run around screaming and yelling, people eat some more and eventually the mess gets cleaned up with the smart cook sending the maximum amount of leftovers home with anyone who will take them.
This is not the first year that I have had a Thanksgiving deployed.
The Balkans comes to mind, as does Kuwait. Other years we have celebrated on the weekend as the kids have been on a German school schedule and not home on Thursday.
This year at Bagram I stood in line for 45 minutes with two others from the task force. There no sweet potatoes, there was not decent salad. There was plenty of turkey for the carnivores.
Overall – I think I might just do better at dinner this evening at the Korean hospital. I like Kimchi.
*With thanks to Ann for the new word!