Thanksgiving

We celebrated Thanksgiving today, complete with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, a fall salad, cranberry cookies, and a delicious sweet potato pie. For all the hours it took to prepare, I was surprised how quickly everyone ate, but during the meal we talked about different holiday traditions, and our Swiss guests commented on the foods they had never tasted before.

I normally don’t like taking pictures of food (it’s meant to be eaten, not made into a still-life), but I made an exception today:

Table

A view of the table.

A fall salad of my own devising: kale, sweet potato, pecans, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and an olive oil lemon dressing.

A fall salad of my own devising: kale, sweet potato, pecans, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and an olive oil lemon dressing.

At a time when family is far away, it was important to be able to gather together to celebrate. Traditions are hard to keep up away from home, but some of them are worth fighting to maintain, to keep traces of our culture and pieces of ourselves that shouldn’t be lost.

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