Another year, another great meal, another house full of Thanksgiving first timers. This year we welcomed five of my former classmates at BU to join us for our over-the-top feast. Ru, Qi, Qi, Meng, and Sammy came to the US from China a little over a year ago and joined our table this November for a meal I hope they won’t soon forget.
Sharing tradition and culture is something that has become fundamental to our friendships. We Americans introduce them to quirky cultural habits and deep rooted holiday traditions. In return, the Chinese students tell us about their home, about the similarities and difference in food, texture, flavor, and holiday rituals. This back and forth exchange is a gift I cherish and continue to learn from.
As with every holiday, each family celebrates in their own unique way. My foodie family adds emphasis to the blending of flavors rather than the array of options. We spend weeks prepping for the meal and hours on end cooking up a storm, crafting place settings, and assembling centerpieces. Special attention was paid to the small details this year in order to ensure that our international friends would have the very best experience.
And of course, the menu for your careful consideration.
Another great year of sharing stories, customs, and happiness galore. Thanksgiving 2014 is full of fond memories and will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks to my favorite Chinese ladies for making it so memorable!