Thanksgiving with the Copenhagen Family

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays back home (maybe because I really really like food…) and I was a little sad that I was going to be missing it with my family. But, I was able to spend it with my new Copenhagen family and it was an absolutely blast. Definitely a evening that defined the Danish term “hygge”.

People paired up to make traditional dishes (Greg, Norma, Zach, and I were on mashed potatoes duty and I also made the green bean casserole). 25+ people were there and we had enough food to feed probably twice that. But it’s not an American Thanksgiving if you don’t hate yourself by the end for eating way too much. Louis CK says it best:

We were all dying from fullness by the end but there really is no other way to enjoy this holiday. All we needed was some good ole American football.

We had:

  • two turkeys (one of them named Simon. Tak, Simon. You were delicious)
  • 7.5 kilos of mashed potatoes (with LOTS of butter, garlic, and cheese – thanks Norma!)
  • 3 kilos worth of green beans for green bean casserole (with homemade cream of mushroom soup, go me)
  • Mac and cheese
  • sweet potato casserole
  • candied sweet potatoes
  • stuffing and gravy
  • a bread/cheese dish from El Salvador
  • Oreo cheesecake (I think Kevin got a few marriage proposals after that one)
  • A classy rice krispy treat
  •  Apple strudel
  • 100 ᴂbleskiver
  • some other food I’m probably forgetting

Some pictures of happy and full people (and the tons of food)

Me making bacon (and absolutely hating it)


Only a portion of the 7.5 kilos of potatoes


Greg “helping”


Kevin “helping”


Making gravy


Happy friends





Full friends!


Nicki carving the turkey


Chris going back for seconds already??ImageImageImage

It was truly an international Thanksgiving. We had people from the US, Austria, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Colombia, England, Scotland, and Australia. I am so extremely thankful for all of these wonderful people that I was able to share Thanksgiving with. I adore each and every one of them and they’ve all made my Copenhagen experience so memorable.


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