I blame popular culture/American films, the Facebook status updates of friends in the US, pregnancy hormones (yes, that old chestnut) and Pinterest for giving me the insane notion of hosting a Thanksgiving-themed afternoon at my place… next weekend! I have never celebrated Thanksgiving in my life! As someone who grew up in Australia and now lives in Europe, I don’t even know the history of the occasion, but can only assume it has something to do with giving thanks (and I vaguely recall some reference to pilgrims). It’s all a bit of a mystery to me, albeit a delicious looking mystery! Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, maple syrup, pecans, corn, spices… all things that I love and all things that spring to mind when I think about this holiday of which I know so little. A couple of weeks ago, on a whim, I decided to invite some ladies to start a crafting circle with me. Again, I have no clue what I am doing, being entirely new to the world of crafting myself. It just seemed like a good idea at the time. So, anyway, the first of our crafting get-togethers is to take place on the same day as my Thanksgiving for Dummies event. Yep, it’s a double-whammy of crazy notions folks!
On my list of things to make (and no, I don’t plan on going the whole proverbial hog):
Maple Pecan Walnut Bar Cookies
Sweet corn Muffins
Chewy M&M’s Cookies with Mini Marshmallows (I know! They’re not “traditional”, but M&M’s are American, right?)
There are other things that I’ll add if there’s time. I am feeling rather overwhelmed by my own bizarre scheduling right now! Luckily I only have to prepare enough to cater for a light lunch/afternoon tea. Luckier still, all my guests will be Swedish and Finnish and will no doubt be as clueless about Thanksgiving as I am 😉
Question: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, how? And what does it mean to you and your family?