Wow, it was indeed a good celebration for us. As you may know we celebrate Thanksgiving 2 days after the Thanksgiving Day in the States, since Thursday was not a holiday here and we want the kids to be around for our celebration. Never thought we would invite some other people for this Thanksgiving, but we decided to let each of our kids invite one of their close friends. Aaron invited his schoolmate, Marie. Jared invited his best friend in 5th grade, Roberto. Jean invited her best friend since freshmen year, Hennesey. Chris & Glenda invited their cousin from Kidapawan, Bebe, she’s studying medical technology here in Davao City and will continue on her studies next year to become a doctor. Glenrose and Nicole’s friends didn’t show up for the occasion. They had some other things going, I guess.
Me and Glenda, my niece, were the cooks in the house. We started preparing that Monday before thanksgiving. We’ve been buying the ingredients first for our pies, the cookies and pumpkin shakes. We decided to make more pies and cookies. We want our guests to enjoy the evening. We ended up making 6 pies all together. 3 pumpkin pies and 3 chocolate chess pies. We bought our 6 chickens on Friday, the day before we celebrated our Thanksgiving. We bought it in the wet market, since they had bigger chickens there than any of the grocery mall here in town. We were so happy to find some big birds there.
Glenda, Chris and one of our helper went to the market also to buy the other ingredients for our menu. We really made the typical American foods for Thanksgiving. The only non-American menu was added was the rice. Same as what I had experience in the States before. Well when I said typical American Thanksgiving menu that would be turkey/chickens, gravy, mashed potato, beans, stuffing, pumpkin pies and other pies, eggnog (we substitute it with pumpkin shakes), soda and rice of course.
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After Bob said the grace, we then started eating our dinner. While eating we then let each person say what they are thankful for the whole year. Started with one of our kids. They were a bit nervous since saying in-front of the table with other guests listening. We let our guests join in too. I know our maids were dreading for the occasion because of that. So we just skipped the maids for that. I don’t want them to be uncomfortable while eating. Honestly it was nice hearing what the kids and our guests said.
I don’t think one of the person in the house was hungry until morning the next day. We really are so stuffed. We did joke after dinner we should walk from our house to the new SM Lanang. It was quite a ways. Nobody did it. The kids were walking and others were biking in our neighborhood area. Really the next day I was a bit exhausted because of the preparations that we made prior to the occasion. But in all honesty, it was all worth it. I talked to my niece who assist me in everything we did from the start. She’s also happy what we did and the end result was fabulous. Same style for us again next year. Not sure how many guests will the kids invite then. Ha ha ha.
We sure were glad we rented some tables and chairs. We did have long tables that we brought from the States before, somehow the boards of it got damaged. I have to wait for my brother-in-law to come here for him to fix that. Our chairs could have been enough, only thing is we hang out from one area to the other. So we did need some chairs that no one would keep hauling it for us. We did use chairs outside in our backyard while cooking our chickens there in the MindanaoBob grill. We also put some in-front in our porch. It was worth it renting those furniture’s for the party. Honestly it didn’t cost that much to rent the tables and chairs though.
Anyway, I hope you guys did have a good Thanksgiving Day with your family. We sure did. Now we are looking forward to our LIP Drive Family give away here.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL LIP FAMILY!!!