It’s been really satisfying for me to see the cross-cultural things my kids have learned while at their school, and I have always appreciated the efforts of the school to inform and engage the kids in holidays and celebrations from the various countries represented by the students. To have it be our turn to share our holiday traditions made the kids feel so important, and thereby made me feel really grateful.
So when Thanksgiving day came around I went to the school and watched the kids do their presentation, then I ate a turkey feast with them at lunch, and watched Cameron make a valiant, but mostly unsuccessful effort to teach the kids American football at playtime.
I didn’t take a single picture! (*Insert crying emoji*) But we had a really good time. The food turned out great, and there was plenty. Challyndel is American, but Rob is British and he did make a joke about my sweet potatoes tasting more like a dessert than a veg, but that’s just so American isn’t it? Taking something healthy and covering it in a starchy, sugary sauce topped with marshmallows. So worth it.
We played Ticket to Ride and even watched an American football game. We had pumpkin pie, Challyndel made a cinnamon pie which was new to us but loved by all and there were leftovers for days. Expat holidays are never quite the same, but still completely wonderful in their own right.