Thanksgiving in Bremerhaven

 

Being away from home during the holidays never gets easier but having good friends around definitely makes it a lot better. Thanksgiving was always one of my favorite holidays – a morning of watching the Macy’s Parade, putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with my mom, then going over to grandma’s for a homemade Thanksgiving meal with my cousins, aunts and uncles.

I miss those days and have had to teach myself how to fall out of that routine, however, Chris and I have made traditions for ourselves that I find just as special and meaningful. This year we had our close friends in Bremerhaven over for a traditional Thanksgiving meal – a day before Thanksgiving because our guys had to leave for Munich on the actual day of. Well..except Chris who is still injured ūüėČ

Chris took over the kitchen and made the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing & gravy while our guests all pitched in and filled in the rest. Since a couple of our Canadians missed their Thanksgiving back in October, we shared our American holiday with them as well and we all had such a good, wine-drunk night. Shout out to the Friesen’s who’s family owns a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake –¬†Pillitteri Estates Winery…sooo delicious and Buffalo family should try to find their bottles!

Another shout out to my amazing friend Shae who brought back a LEGIT Dutch Apple Pie from her mini vacation in Amsterdam. It was my dessert AND breakfast this morning.

We all are away from home in a country that doesn’t celebrate this holiday, so it is such a nice, comforting feeling to celebrate together and bring a little bit of home with us and continue something our parents and grandparents have done for us – and for that we are forever grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Things I am thankful for:

  • Christopher
  • Shadow
  • Shadow snuggles
  • My mom
  • My whole family
  • Chris’ mom & siblings
  • FaceTime
  • Getting married this summer
  • This crazy hockey life
  • Our friends
  • Being able to travel the world
  • Dog-friend walks in Bremerhaven
  • Milka chocolate bars
  • Pierogis
  • Wine
  • German beer
  • YouTube (specifically Brandi TV, The Morning Toast,¬†Emery Bingham comments & Life With Mak)
  • Germany
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Schnitzel
  • Yoga
  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing

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