My first Thanksgiving in Norway

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays in America, so of course I had to celebrate it here in Norway as well. As Ayn Rand said,

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday. In spite of its religious form (giving thanks to God for a good harvest), its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production. Abundance is (or was and ought to be) America’s pride—just as it is the pride of American parents that their children need never know starvation.

From the bountiful amounts eaten at the Thanksgiving feast on Thursday to the lavish amounts spent at shops on Black Friday, America truly embraces the spirit of abundance on Thanksgiving weekend.

My parents-in-law have never celebrated Thanksgiving because it has never really caught on anywhere other than America, so this year was the first Thanksgiving in Norway for all of us. I truly enjoyed celebrating this year’s Thanksgiving with my family 🙂

We had asparagus wrapped in bacon for appetizer and honey turkey with mashed potatoes and broccoli, followed by a Norwegian dessert that consisted of heated berries and vanilla sauce. The meal was easy to make and exquisitely delicious!

 

Black Friday is actually quite big in Norway, so I spent most of the morning shopping at Sandvika Storsenter 🙂 It’s a really great opportunity to get Christmas presents for everyone (and yourself, too!), so do not miss out! Here are some of my favourite finds:

Now, I have to prepare to go to a concert by the Oslo Philharmonic at Oslo Konserthus…will tell you about the rest of my Thanksgiving weekend later 😉 Have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO HONG PHUC

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