Friday, November 26, 2010

Giving Thanks

     This last week has been spent adjusting to my new life in Denmark. In the spirit of Thanksgiving wich has passed- I am going to share a few things I am thankful for this Holiday Season. 

  • My Mother

This Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of showing what Thanksgiving is like in the United States. I made the whole traditional meal from start to finish for 15 people in all. I now believe in myself. I will never do that again though- next time  Thanksgiving rolls around I'm going to go out and buy a pie and maybe a bottle of wine. Cheers!

I have no idea how people, in the past, prepared Thanksgiving dinner without Mother's or Google. I would have died. I was on skype regularly asking my mom about how to cook a turkey and all the little details like timing... So thank you Mother!!!

As for Google - I had to be converting recipes from cups to grams and MLs... and Farenheit to Celcius. Stressful? Slightly. Just glad I know how to cook!

And let's talk about Pumpkin. It has not come to Denmark yet.... and so 6 hours later and about 10 stores we managed to find 3 little decorating like pumpkins. I now appreciate pumpkin sold in a can.

  •  My new family

I am in Denmark working as an au pair... and before I began my trip I wasn't sure what to expect with the people I would be staying with. They are all fantastic though. I feel comfortable and right at home, so that is nice! The kids are lovely and even though they don't speak much English, I am starting to learn danish words! I have a terrible memory so learning day to day danish words and practicing daily makes it easier to recall later.

  • The freedom we have in America

I love my country. - Growing up in the US you don't always truly appreciate what you have because it's just normal! But it truly is uniqe! And other countries are not like the US. It is sad that we want to become more like other countries and lose what was fought so hard for... The US is kinda like the Ugly Duckling, right? One day we will wake up and realize the Swan that's been in front of us the whole time.

I could go on and on because once I start counting the things I'm thankful for, I find there is always more. And more.

So Happy Thanksgiving a day late- but remember, it's never to late to give thanks. :)

I have been to one hospital in Denmark and the thing I found the most interesting was the footware worn by the Dr's and Nurses. I'm a girl and I love shoes so it's not totally weird to pick that one out! They were sandals and crocs. With socks. Haven't seen that in the US! Sandals and socks are a fashion faux pas! Would you not agree??

Last - bathroom light switches are on the outside of the bathroom door.

And that's Emily reporting to you live from Denmark


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

    Woah, so you can turn the lights off on somebody who's in the bathroom? Sweeeeet!

  2. Glad things turned out wonderful for your Thanksgiving in Denmark! That's insane that you cooked for 15 people, though. Mom and I cooked for 7 last night, and even that was a hassle. : ) Thanks for stopping by my little blog. -Sarah

  3. OMG what an opportunity you are living! I think this is terrific and it's even better that you are blogging about your experience!

  4. I'm sooo glad it all turned out well!! :)

  5. I'm happy to hear you arrived safely and you're enjoying Denmark so far!

    And I totally agree...sandals and socks are a huge no no

  6. Love and agree with everything you said! Keep posting to update us all on life in Denmark!

  7. Happy belated Thanksgiving! It sounds like a lovely tradition. Have fun discovering the quirks of Denmark! :) Oh, and yes, sandals and socks (even here in Australia) are WRONG... so are Crocs for that matter!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving! I can't wait to read about all of your adventures in Denmark! And congrats on the dinner...I am very impressed with anyone who can get an entire Thanksgiving dinner together!

  9. LOL Chris! I can't believe I hadn't thought of that. I think I'm just not a prankster by nature. :P

    It was definitely a challenge, Sarah! I suppose i know I can do it now. :D

    Thanks, Sandra! :)

    Me too, Mom. :) It could have turned out quite the opposite way. :P

    Leanna, I'm so glad you agree about the fashion no no. It's a terrible thing to do or see!

    Will do, Leanne! Still waiting for a blog post from YOU. :D

    oh yay SB! Glad to hear it's not in style in Australia. :)

    Thanks Laura! :)

  10. Oh wow! I'm impressed you were able to cook it for so many people! I would have absolutely no idea where to start. I have to make Christmas dinner this year (though not on Christmas) for my housemates, gulp! Can you microwave turkey?

  11. LOL, I know what you mean! I cook often enough, but I was on skype with my mom ALL the time asking the little detail questions. :P :P Good luck with Christmas dinner! ;)