Our first thanksgiving

November 29, 2015

We don’t celebrate thanksgiving in New Zealand, and in all honesty I didn’t know much about it until a few years ago. I’m not sure how I feel about the historical significance of the day – but I do appreciate that it’s a chance to get together with friends and family and be grateful for what we have in our lives.  This year we feel especially grateful, so we were delighted to be invited to a thanksgiving lunch at our friends house.

It came at a great time too because I’d had a horrible morning in Spanish school that morning.  I just could not get my brain to engage, and I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

I was a bit reluctant to go to the lunch because I was not in a happy mood. But I’m so glad we did. There was SO much food. I don’t know if this is a normal thanksgiving practice or if it was the Mexican side of the family coming out – but it was crazy! Not that I’m complaining, I ate second helpings of everything there and enjoyed each and every mouthful.

When I couldn’t fit anymore food in, I went outside and played with five gorgeous kittens, and got to cuddle the sweetest little puppy called Zoe.

Later we were all given ponche – a Mexican fruit punch with a generous shot of rum added to it. It was the perfect way to finish off such a great day.

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We’ve decided that we’re going to make Thanksgiving a regular occurrence in our lives – if only to have an excuse to make and eat pie!

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