Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday the 27th of November. Our children had school on the Thanksgiving day an the other Americans we were spending Thanksgiving with were working. So Saturday worked perfect. Friday, we went to the farm of a ward member, He raises turkeys to sell for Noel (Christmas). There are no whole turkeys in the store right now so…off to the farm we went to pick us out a turkey…literally.
We watched them hang it upside down by its feet. Then, the farmer slits its throat and just lets it bleed out. Apparently it sufficates and eventually stops flapping its wings. Sorry, maybe just a little too graphic. After about 10 minutes they put the turkey into a pot of boiling water to make it easy to get the feathers off. I actually helped pluck the feathers off our own turkey. He weighed almost 9 kilos, about 20lbs. It was a great experience. I’ve never had Thanksgiving in France and never gone to a farm to pick out my own turkey.
Saturday morning (our Thanksgiving day we had Snow! It was so beautiful coming down. What a great way to start to celebrate!
Andrea and Mary are both from Utah and missing their snow. They made a baby snowman before it all melted away.
Thanksgiving dinner turned out fabulous! I had tons of help from Mary, Andrea and Megan, our 3 au pair friends we met in class and chruch. We have been talking about this day and planning for this for weeks.
We had 30 place settings-everyone was able to sit down for a great Thanksgiving meal. The turkey came out perfect. Mary’s mom sent us a turkey bag from the states and the french were fascinated by our plastic bag in the oven. After we all sat down, Kurt had us had us all say what we were thankful for. I recorded it and Kurt posted the 5 minute “thankfuls” on his post if you want to see it( kurtclement.com ). I missed all my family in the U.S., but I am so thankful for my “French family” and all the love and kindness they have shown us here. Thanksgiving really was special. I couldn’t have asked for better.
A fabulous Thanksgiving Day!