Well, Thursday November 22 is Thanksgiving this year for Americans. I know that Canadians also celebrate Thanksgiving, and I believe that they celebrate in October. As far as I know, other countries do not celebrate Thanksgiving. I know that a number of countries, particularly in Europe celebrate Harvest Days, which is a similar celebration, although not the same. First, let me start off by wishing everybody a Happy Thanksgiving!
Although we have lived in the Philippines for over 7 years now (this is our 8th Thanksgiving in the Philippines), we still celebrate Thanksgiving, and we do so much as we would if we were still in the States. When we first moved here, we lived in General Santos City, which is not nearly the size of Davao. Down there, we were unable to find any turkeys in the stores. I remember, our neighbors there had a dozen or so live turkeys that we would always see around their house. We asked them if we could buy one and have it slaughtered for our Thanksgiving table. They were happy to oblige, so we ate turkey even that first year that we were here. Honestly, that turkey was pretty old, and the meat was tough, and not so flavorful. But, we had turkey, and that is what was important to us! Thankfully, for us, here in Davao, imported turkeys are readily available in the grocery stores around town. We can actually purchase a Butterball or Norbest turkey any month of the year!
Another thing that we have had trouble with over the years is the stuffing for the turkey. My Mom’s recipe calls for the use of breakfast sausage in preparation of the stuffing, and that is something that we have never been able to get, so we have experimented with different varieties of stuffing, but nothing ever came out to the point where I liked it so much. This year, though, we have breakfast sausage, which was made by Feyma! It should really assist in improving our stuffing, and make it more “like home.”
Most of the other “fixins” are pretty well available here, and are part of our Thanksgiving meal. We even are able to buy pumpkin and use it to prepare pumpkin pies.
You may be wondering…. why is it that it’s Friday in the Philippines, and Bob is just now posting about Thanksgiving? Well, since moving to the Philippines, we have made a little shift, and we celebrate Thanksgiving on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Why? Well, simply because school is in session on Thanksgiving Day (since it’s not a holiday here). We want our kids to be able to share the entire day with us, and by celebrating on Saturday, we are able to be together as a family.
So, tomorrow, we will be sitting down to our Thanksgiving Dinner. I am feeling very Thankful this year for all of the good things in my life. All of my family and I are enjoying good health, and it’s been a good year for us. We are all thankful for the lifestyle that we are enjoying here in the Philippines.
Indeed, we are enjoying many blessings in our life. I hope that it is the same for you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving!