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A Hong Kong ThanksgivingPosted Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 6:07 AM
I'm a little late in posting about my Hong Kong Thanksgiving, but it's not because I have nothing to say about one of my favorite holidays. Actually, my Thanksgiving experience here was much better than I expected it to be. I have spent one turkey day away from home before -- when studying abroad in Australia, and my mother was visiting at the time -- but this was the first time without any family members present.
Of course, on actual Thanksgiving Day, I was working. Our American harvest holiday is not recognized as an official holiday here, unsurprisingly (though they did show a "Happy Thanksgiving" advertisement on TV last week). At work, however, we hosted an English event during lunchtime and showed the children "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." A couple of my students -- those who have one American parent -- told me they would be celebrating that evening with a turkey, too.
Then, this past Saturday evening another American English teacher in my program organized a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. I think there were actually more English people there than Americans, along with a few Canadians, but it was still quite enjoyable. Our employer even bought a turkey for everyone to share! And there was Ocean Spray cranberry sauce as well.
I took pumpkin pie to the potluck dinner, which I made with a can of pumpkin that cost about $4 US. I used two pre-made graham cracker pie crusts to hold the pie filling, which was not my favorite idea; but I literally have no space in my apartment to roll out pie crust dough. Then, I baked the pies in my over-sized toaster oven. It turned out pretty well, and though they didn't taste quite like at home, it was still nice to have a semi-traditional Thanksgiving.
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Sydney is a former staff writer for the Democrat-News. She received degrees from University of Missouri in both music and magazine journalism. She played oboe with the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marshall Municipal Band while she was in Marshall.