In 1621 few miles south from Boston in Plymouth (MA), Native Americans helped the Pilgrims to grow corn and to hunt turkey. 390 years later, I had my first Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 24th 2011. I believe I was the most lucky foreigner arriving on the American soil with this first Thanksgiving!
I was first invited with my boyfriend by one of my Classmates, Lizzie to celebrate this holiday with her family. But a few days before the event, the schedule changed and we were all invited to some of her friends’ house for dinner. This new invitation really surprised me, I was amazed by the kindness of our hosts who invited perfect strangers to their home. So it was a date, dinner at 3:00pm (yes I put dinner and 3:00pm together).
Lizzie and her husband picked us at the T station and we drove across the West of Boston, discovering the beautiful little towns like Wellesley. We felt like we were heading to an episode of Desperate Housewives, along the white fences and the perfect lawns. And Lizzie’s house was one of them, perfectly perfect, while we were waiting for Bree Van De Kamp to welcome us. After all Marlborough, the hometown of the actress Marcia Cross is not that far…
As soon as we arrived we started making pie all together. It was such a pleasure to have a huge kitchen (with a kitchen island!) to cook in. I love cooking and the tiny “kitchen” I have in my apartment here is so depressing! We had such a good time there.
When we headed to Tim and Ann’s place at 3:00pm I was amazed by their house decorated with taste. Of course they took a good care of the decoration because Tim is an artist in addition to being a marketer, co-owner with Ann of ThinkMDG, a strategic branding strategy.
We started the holiday by what I learned to be the most traditional way: watching US football on cable TV while chatting and eating cheese and crackers, with the Veuve Cliquot Champagne constantly flowing and abundant. We had a great time getting to know our hosts and some other guests, including a couple who spent 25 years in NYC and who had great experiences to share! It was incredibly warmhearted and friendly.
The following meal was the most perfect Thanksgiving dinner, the table was wonderful and every detail was arranged in a breath taking way. The sun has been gone for one hour and several chandeliers enlighten the room giving a warm and lovely atmosphere. All the food was delicious: the traditional turkey, corn soufflé, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes paired with an incredible Bordeaux Wine, followed by the Pumpkin-Maple-Syrup-Bourbon Pie and the Apple Pie. Yes, all of that, but God it was so good! The perfect classic Thanksgiving dinner!
We ended the evening by the visit of Tim’s art studio, he explained us some of the secret hidden in his masterpieces, it was wonderful. I really love art but with the artist’s insights on the painting it takes it to another level. Leading us through the smoke of the artist mind to the light of the painting.
I could not thank enough everyone for making this First Thanksgiving so amazing, almost like a dream. Please tell me it was true! I really love this country! It’s so incredible and I am fascinated I want to learn as much as I can about every happening. It’s a great joy for me to discover this important holiday with such lovely people and I know that I will never forget this first Thanksgiving. The best one any stranger could ever have!