(I realize this was three holidays ago but it is better late than never.)
Obviously Thanksgiving isn't celebrated in Sweden but it is probably my favorite holiday so we decided to give it a try this year. I love Thanksgiving. We always go to Dallas to see my aunt, uncle and cousins and it is so much fun. (Plus there are no gifts which really helps bring down the stress.) My mom and my uncle make Thanksgiving dinner while the rest of us do the turkey trot, get ready for dinner and then fall asleep on the couch while watching football. I was really bummed that we weren't going to be in Dallas for Thanksgiving but thankfully my cousin Holly was getting married on December 14th so we would be able to see the whole family at her wedding.
I was out shopping with my friend Lisa one day and we walked past a turkey store. Really. The store is called Ingelsta Kalkon and kalkon is Swedish for turkey. The whole store is all about turkey. Lisa and I walked in to check out the store since Thanksgiving was about a week away. While we were in there I grabbed some Stove Top turkey stuffing and a can of pumpkin pie filling.
*Side note: In Sweden you take a number and stand in line for lots of things. In the US we really only take numbers at the dmv but here you take a number everywhere. If you are at the pharmacy, post office, electronics store, turkey store, etc. When we walked into the store a guy followed us in and pointed to the numbers. We shook our heads because we weren't planning on buying a turkey we were just looking around. But then I decided since we were there I would go ahead and get the stuffing and pumpkin pie filling. I took them up to the counter and was completely ignored. They are serious about their numbers. I thought as long as I didn't need a turkey or help from the butcher I didn't need a number. I was wrong. I grabbed a number and waited in line.
|Jake's Mom's family is from Sweden and the recipe we used for the homemade rolls was an old Swedish recipe.|
|It is a good thing we didn't need to cook a big turkey because I don't think it would have fit.|
|Jake carving the bird.|
|What a great meal!|
|Lisa made the pumpkin pie and whipped cream.|
We ended up doing Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 30th because we all had to work on Thursday and it turns out making a thanksgiving meal is a lot of hard work :). I knew big meals were a lot of work but it is hard to get everything done all at the same time and make sure it is still hot. Making this meal definitely made me appreciate my mom and uncle more and anyone else who makes big dinners for us.
|Jimmy, Lisa and Jake|
At the picnic I also learned about a school that a girl volunteered at when she first moved to Stockholm and now I'm volunteering at that school. We were also talking to someone about football and how much I was going to miss watching the games and he told us about a website that we could go to to watch any sporting event. You could say that was a very successful picnic!
This Thanksgiving was different but I was very thankful that we got to spend it with new friends!