Thanksgiving Day

While our family and friends were eating turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pecan & pumpkin pies, and more turkey, we were eating pork ribs, kumara, black cherry chicken, and banoffee pie. Turkey is very difficult to come by in New Zealand so instead of trying to fix a traditional Thanksgiving Day feast for two we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner out. One thing that was the same about eating this Thanksgiving Day meal was that we were extremely stuffed by the end. What we did miss out on though is the post-dinner, tryptophan-induced nap. It is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving Day, after all.

We had a great day celebrating Thanksgiving. We have decided it is best to celebrate holidays over two days–the first day being the actual date we would celebrate here in New Zealand and the second being the official day it is celebrated back home. A 21 hour time difference makes this two day celebration possible. The first holiday we tried this out on was Halloween. The candy consumption was intense. We wouldn’t recommend so much candy over two days. Thanksgiving we split into a day of thankfulness and a day of eating. Perhaps, we’ll stretch this celebration out to three days and tomorrow be thankful for eating.

Certainly, we are not lacking things for which to be thankful and we had fun making a long list as we hiked around the Franz Josef area. While we sat around our Thanksgiving table, we thought about what our families would be eating and the potential conversation around the table. These are the times we miss family the most, but the ribs did fill the void temporarily. =)

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2 Responses to Thanksgiving Day

  1. Joy says:

    Okay, that’s an amazing meal! What is banoffee pie??? Erin, you’re looking a little rosy cheeked. Better get that sunblock out. I want that whale mail box. The pictures are wonderful. I love the acres of sheep. Now that’s New Zealand. Wish I could hop on a plane right now and join you. Your dad is out of the neck brace and can drive and can start increasing his activities. He can go out and help with the lawn but just take it a bit light at first. Love you guys. You look great. Miss you. Mom

  2. grama nancy says:

    to repeat your mom…what is a banoffee pie?… a ultimate de-cafe mocha (offee) that is illegal (ban) in remote places?
    Next trip to Spokane will look for Tim Tam at World Mkt & try with fav mocha.
    Spent Thanksgiving with P’s – giving thanks, eating, talking, playing with 3 small folks etc.
    Have enjoyed traveling with you, looking at super pics, jumping high in air & learning a little of different cultures etc.
    be safe..much love always.

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