As you may have guessed, American Thanksgiving is not at all a big deal in Japan. There’s no football on TV, no parades, no long weekend, and no big sales the next day. There are also no beloved extended family members to share the day with. But, each year we still gather together with friends, order a turkey online to be delivered to our door a few days ahead of the big day, eat a big potluck dinner with most of the treasured favorite dishes that we all know and love, and we still stop to think about what we are thankful to God for.
This year about 20 people gathered at our house to devour a super yummy turkey (cooked by yours truly and carved by my hubby), stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, salad, corn casserole, jello salad, and lots of great deserts. Though we weren’t able to celebrate with family, there was a family feel to our group since we generally celebrate each year with the same people. I personally LOVE all the Thanksgiving foods, but my kids are still not so sure how they feel about them. Austin now likes turkey, but Ethan and Katie mostly filled up on jello salad and pies since they aren’t too crazy about turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. I guess Thanksgiving foods are something that have to grow on you over the years, though I have no memory of not liking them. Well, I take that back. I’ve never really liked the cream of mushroom soup and green bean cassarole, though I am now adult enough to put a few bites on my plate and actually eat them. This year I even thought it tasted good!! 🙂
Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of you in the States. I hope you had a great time celebrating with family and friends and that you were able to reflect on how God has blessed you this year.
Here are a few photos of our Japanese Thanksgiving celebration.