In the States it is Thanksgiving this week. It is I would say the biggest holiday of the year in the US. It took us a year or two to realize just how big and important it is. Thanksgiving is as important in the US as Christmas is in Sweden to Swedes. These two holidays in each country are very focused on family and food. Christmas has the Christmas presents while Thanksgiving is about being thankful for all the good things that you have in your life. In that way Thanksgiving is nicer and less stressful compared to Swedish Christmas.
Depending on in which country you have grown up different holidays have different meaning and are of different importance to you. The traditions and ways of celebrating is something that is very important and becomes even more important to you if you move away from your country. We tried to celebrate all the major Swedish holidays while living in Alabama. I guess we will have a little bit of a Thanksgiving celebration here because it is one of those holidays that we have sort of grown fond of. But there is also a thing about holidays. They are kind of hard to import or export. If you are celebrating them somewhere else in a different country it will just never be the same thing as celebrating them at home. I guess that is something you have to realize. It will always be nice but still different from home. Something you can never catch is the festive spirit that comes from around, from others, from being a small part of something bigger. The festive feeling of sharing and looking forward to celebrating. This is hard to describe but is is something in the air around you as holidays come up. Midsummers were nice in Alabama but never really like midsummers here in Sweden.That goes for Thanksgivning here. Nice but still out of context in many ways. Well still I guess we will have a nice mini-Thanksgiving celebration.
While living in the US we used to take the time to travel for this weekend as we did not have family there and this also was the longest holiday of the year. Our last Thanksgiving we did stay in the house and that also became our most memorable Thanksgiving as we got to see how the Turkey can be prepared in a very Southern style way - yes folkes that is by frying it. Deep frying it.
Some peanut oil. (A whole lot of peanut oil to be more precise).
One big turkey.
Turkey dives into the hot oil and is cooked/fried for about 30-45 minutes. Done. It actually tasted great. The meat was very juicy and tasty. If you want to stay on the healthy line you just skip eating the fried skin.
Happy Thanksgiving to yáll in the US!