Raise your hand if you ate way too much to this weekend.
Thanksgiving this year proved bittersweet. Growing up, it was the only party that my parents really threw. I would spend all year ridiculously excited for the opportunity to get dressed up and eat good food. The day would be spent cooking and setting up, and at the appointed time, guests would flood in. Our apartment would be bustling with laughter and the smell of home cooked turkey roasting in the oven. Thanksgiving definitely ranks amongst my top three holidays.
(For those wondering: 1. Christmas 2. Christmas Eve 3. Thanksgiving. Can you tell I really like Christmas?)
This year however, going home wasn’t really an option. So I upped sticks and headed over to my Aunt and Uncle’s place for Thanksgiving. Going from Hong Kong to a small town in Oregon is quite a change. Far more low key and very relaxed on my part. But with equally lovely people. It was great to be able to spend time with the American side of the family, and I adored being able to play with my second cousins. (They were thankful for Batman, Herself and Halloween Kitty) Everyone couldn’t have been nicer, and the experience was just as lovely as the one at home. Still, it was slightly melancholy. It’s always a bit sad when you see the end of traditions, but I soon perked up at the sight of the (five!) deserts that awaited me.
The day after Thanksgiving I was lucky enough to go see my best friend in Portland for the weekend. We spent a great couple of days hanging out and shopping (black Friday is dangerous both physically and wallet-wise). Immediately after landing, my best friend dragged me to a Lil’ Debbie concert, which was an experience, to say the least. Still, the highlight of my week was going out to pick a Christmas tree with her family, and I literally had a smile on my face for hours after. Christmas is officially here my friends.
Of course, after a couple of amazing days, it was somewhat of a let-down to hear from roommates and find out that our power had gone down and the fridge was broken. Not to mention all the work I had waiting for me (finals are right around the corner – eep!) When I arrived however, I received a lovely surprise. My brilliant roommate had decorated the dorm while we were gone – wreaths, garlands, stockings, and even a little miniature Christmas tree!! It is just the cutest!
So, while I’m not looking forward to the stress of finals, I’m very lucky to have such amazing people in my life!
And of course, Christmas.