Thanksgiving is a pretty big holiday in the US but as you can imagine it’s not really a thing here in the UK… they don’t really have a reason to celebrate a holiday made for the giving of thanks between the pilgrims and the Native Americans after leaving Great Britain. Today, it is mostly a time to come together with family and eat way too much food, and although we didn’t necessarily have the ‘family’ part, we were definitely NOT lacking on the food part!

And really, if you think about it, we have become quite the family over the last three months or so. We’re the only family we have here right now! It was really great to be able to have everyone here for dinner and we could even invite some friends if we wanted. I invited a few of my friends from France because they had never had a Thanksgiving dinner before; they were not disappointed!

Like I said, we were definitely not short on food! David Faldet made turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. We also had other dishes like sweet potatoes, cornbread, green bean casserole (thanks to me), cranberry fluff, and cake. In other words, plenty of food!!That was ok because we were serving 18 people. Plenty of food for plenty of people, but don’t worry we’ll still have leftovers for about a week.

Then, as my favorite part, some of us got together and decorated the Christmas tree. It is a tradition for the tree to be put up very soon after Thanksgiving. I feel like it makes it officially time to get into that holiday spirit. The decorations have been up in the market square for about a week but now when I see them I can appreciate them in all of their glory! Although none of us will actually be here for Christmas day, it is still a great feeling to have fun decorations around and the twinkle of the lights on a tree always make my day.

Happy holidays to all and remember even if you are not at home, you can still feel that magical spirit with the people you love. Also, Skype is a wonderful thing and I was able to chat with lots of relatives at once! Happy Flats-giving!

Full table of food at Thanksgiving!
Everyone enjoying their Thanksgiving dinner at the flat in Nottingham.
Decorated Christmas tree at the Flat in Nottingham!

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