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The whole house smells delicious. Anders is taking turkey 1 out of the oven right now. Tomorrow he'll cook turkeys 2 & 3 in the final preparation for our annual Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving as everyone refers to it nowadays) potluck dinner. It's our 20th anniversary of having Friendsgiving with our best friends. 20 years!

Some of them are the same friends that came to the first one. Some of them have joined along the way, and some are fairly new to the celebration. As we have done every year, Anders and I provide the turkey(s), mashed potatoes, stuffing (in the turkeys) and gravy. This year I've also made spaghetti squash. Everyone else chips in and brings the rest: green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, salad, dressing, black olives, drinks, pumpkin pies, and various other dishes. We'll have profiteroles and berry cobblers on the dessert table this year, too. Yum yum!

It's funny to think that after I came to Sweden nearly 21 years ago, I would meet people that I would celebrate the most American of holidays with for twenty years. At that first Friendsgiving, Martin was not quite a year old. We were the only couple with a kid at that point. Since then, most of our friends have had kids and each year we've watched them grow up. First it was Friendsgiving with friends, then with friends and their babies, then their toddlers, then their pre-teens, and then their we're winding around the other side of that cycle: the kids are starting to drop out, stay home, go out and do their own thing. Martin is missing our dinner for the third year in a row. Karin is staying through dessert, but then heading out to an evening with friends. In another year or so, I can bet that we'll be back to just friends.

We had a head count of 22 people when I sent out the menu list several weeks ago, but since then one teenager changed her mind and decided she would rather spend the weekend in Denmark with her boyfriend, and one friend gave me a heads up this evening that both she and her daughter are sick...they weren't canceling yet, but she'll has to see how they are tomorrow before they can decide if they will make or not (if not, they are sending their dish with someone else) we might be down to 19. Ah well, more leftovers for us! Maybe in a few years, when the kids have all bailed, we'll be back to 8 or 10 adults and only have to make TWO turkeys!

I called on the way home from our annual AWC wreathmaking workshop and talked to Martin and my mom and my grandma (!) on Thursday. My grandma, who is 102, was thrilled to hear that I was on the phone when my mom told her who was calling, but couldn't really hear anything I said, so my mom had to repeat it all. I was afraid that I wouldn't see her again after the summer she turned 101, but now I'm pretty hopeful that I'll get to see her again at Christmas. :)

A few things I'm thankful for right now:
Much-needed good news coming down the line for my sister and her family
Apps that allow me to keep in touch with my family cheaply and easily
Gainful, fulfilling employment
My health, and that of my loved ones

I didn't send out holiday greetings this past week online, but I had them in my head and in my heart. That's the other thing I'm thankful for: you.
mood: thankful

From Megsie

I am thankful for YOU!

I had a lovely day yesterday--filled with a lot of cooking, and a nice dinner with my immediate family and Jeff's dad, and my mom. Jeff's dad always leaves right after dinner and brings dessert home (don't know why) and my mom stays and we play cards or games of some sort. This year was kings in the corners and Uno. Jeff was DJing and dancing with people in the kitchen. He was also master of the serving of desserts. So much to be thankful for. I know that I need to keep that in the front part of my brain. It brings joy.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Re: From Megsie

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! I'm so grateful you keep stopping by to read this ridiculously lame blog!

Re: From Megsie

Bite your tongue! THIS blog is divine! I am ridiculously thankful to be able to come here and read your words. It is one of the many blessings of my life! xoxoxo


Friendsgiving is a wonderful name for your celebration!
I loved having Martin and my Mom here -lots of leftovers and today I made turkey stock and have 2 recipes to make "new" kinds of turkey soup. One has corn and pasta shells along with other stuff and the second one adds leeks and lentils.
I started bringing Christmas decor up from the basement. Have put the wreaths up, but otherwise just unpacking, so I can see what I have left from my "purge" last year. Not sure what I'm doing about the Christmas tree(s) this year- my beautiful 41/2 ft one has at least half the lights not working! But, glad Martin can carry the heavy boxes upstairs for me! Looking forward to the next month!
Love, Lizardmom

I am so glad that Martin gets to spend Thanksgiving with you and Grandma! Those turkey soups sound divine. Yum! Can't you just replace the lights on the little tree, that aren't working?

I do wish you all a lovely Friendsgiving. I am having the darnedest time finding either whole turkeys or the turkey breasts I want for Christmas here. Spent the day in Örebro yesterday, scrambling from grocery to grocery with no luck. I used to be able to find at least whole turkeys in Örebro, but it seems they are only selling legs now.

I had to order mine in advance. When I went to ICA the week before all they had was duck. Same happened last year. The guy that does our turkeys for the AWC party has to go to COPENHAGEN to find them in the big sizes.

Having been to one of your wonderful Thanksgiving dinners, where Anders became Lambi's bestest friend, I can just imagine what a great day you'll be having today. I hope it goes really well.

I love the idea of Thanksgiving and am sad that the Swedes don't bring back their own version (Tacksägelsedagen) rather than importing American crap like Black Friday. I really love the idea of sitting around with friends, sharing a meal and realising just how lucky we all are.

Have a blast!

I think we should bring it back! Instead of calling it Friendsgiving, I'll have to remember to call it Tacksägelsedagen instead (yeesh, what a mouthful!)

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