Saturday, November 24, 2012
At first we didn't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia - at the very most, we just went down to the beach wherever we happened to be and threw a few snags on the barbie.
But during our last visit to Tasmania we invited some North American friends over and did the holiday up. Doing that, we discovered a certain expat delight in Thanksgiving Down Under. Because the holiday isn't on the radar screen at all for Australians, sharing the meal with other Yanks (and Canadians) turns into a little moment of shared cultural understanding.
We had Thanksgiving on Galactic yesterday. That's Alisa with a 2.5 kg turkey that she special-ordered from the local butcher. She also made up 3 kilos of her famous mashed potatoes - turned out to be way too much.
Our friends John and Jenny and their son Rowan shared the meal with us. Like all of the Galactics, they're dual US-Australian citizens. Jenny made pumpkin pie.