Tuesday, November 22, 2005


We're gearing up for our first Thanksgiving in Ballard, and I have to say it's feeling a little uneventful this year. For the past I don't know how many years, Thanksgiving for us takes place down at our little house by the Dead Sea, in Addasieyeh, with all our friends and tons of food. Since the house isn't heated, Thanksgiving usually marks the last hurrah of the season before we spend our winter weekends in Amman.

Every year, Kurt brings the pies, Samer's brother Yasser helps me out in the kitchen (well, not really) and tons of friends drop by with food and good cheer. It's always so much fun. We also always make a big bonfire outside after eating and hang out watching the lights of all the settlements over in the West Bank--and as far as Jerusalem sometimes, if we're lucky.

It seems like Thanksgiving here in the States is going to be a pretty different affair. For one thing, we don't, uh, have hardly any friends here. And everyone we DO know isn't far from their families like many of our friends were back in Amman. Families always take precedence. We ended up having the best of both worlds in Jordan--Samer's family (who had no clue what Thanksgiving was about, really) and a whole family of close friends we celebrated all the fun stuff with.

Luckily, a few of our favorite people will be coming over to our place this Thanksgiving, though. At least it will be fun to spend our first downsized Thanksgiving with them.


At 3:52 PM, Blogger Roba said...

Happy Thanksgiving Amanda :)

At 9:52 PM, Blogger Lina said...

Happy Thanksgiving :) and welcome to Jordan Planet... it's great having you and i'll be looking forward to reading more of your posts!

At 12:47 AM, Blogger Linda said...

welcome to JOrdan Planet and have a great thanksgiving.

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Natasha said...

HAppy Thanksgiving Amanda and welcome to the Planet:-))

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Dar said...

Happy Thanks giving , and welcome to Jordan Planet , hope u add the " Amanda's Style " to it :)

Cheerz !


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