This past Thursday, Marco and I took part in a big “Orphan’s Thanksgiving“. It was hosted by friends of ours for all of those who aren’t close to their families (my guess is either emotionally or because of actual distances). It was a lot of fun! We hung out with friends, ate lots of food, had drinks, and played games. Everybody brought something to eat and drink and while pretty much everyone else stuck with the usual fare of turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole, and so many more typical and delicious Thanksgiving dishes,
Marco made pizza for everybody. Last year, we brought lasagna. I guess we all stick to our own traditions in one way or another 🙂 Everybody seemed happy with the pizza even though there were some disappointed faces because they expected lasagna again. Anyways, while Thanksgiving is definitely not a part of my traditions, I have grown to like the long weekend in November that allows you to take a break and relax with friends (or family) before the Christmas craziness starts. I still don’t get the whole Black Friday madness… but maybe I’ll be in line at 3am in front of Best Buy if we stay in the US another few years 😉
Thanksgiving weekend also typically falls on the weekend when in Germany people celebrate the 1st Advent which is when you light the first candle on your Adventskranz (advent wreath). That reminds me that I still have to make mine. It is usually much less traditional than the one pictures to the left and consists of four candles and some small fake or real evergreen twigs 🙂 This is really when the Vorweihnachtszeit (pre-Christmas season) starts. From what I can tell, this pre-Christmas season is a bigger deal in Germany than it is in the US – or in Texas at least. Having a Sunday breakfast and lighting the candles on our advent wreath was a big deal growing up. And of course, I had to have an Adventskalendar (advent calendar). I don’t know how often the last door was opened and the chocolate long eaten before Christmas rolled around, but who cares. Maybe I should get myself one at World Market?! I think I’ve seen some there. What I really miss though is a nice Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market). Who doesn’t like buying fair food, cute presents, and meeting friends for Gluehwein (hot wine)? I should have some friends over and have a Gluehwein evening. On my last trip to Germany, I bought some premixed spices. so I could make it at home. But how am I going to convince people that it’s meant to be had outside when it’s really cold??? Next year, I’ll bring some to the Orphan’s Thanksgiving (if we’re still here) and mix some old and new traditions 🙂
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