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The Beautiful Traditions: My Christmas and Thanksgiving in America

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 10:13 am

My American Thanksgiving was a truly wonderful experience and gave me a glimpse into what the holiday means for Americans and those living in America. I was privileged to have two Thanksgiving feasts with all the traditional foods, turkey, apple pie, green bean casserole, and the works! The first was at my church the week […]

The Tumultuous Story of My First Thanksgiving Turkey

by Sava Mounange-Badimi - Posts (2). Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 9:50 am

A year ago during Thanksgiving week, I was browsing the internet and randomly came across a recipe for the holiday’s most famous dish: roasted turkey. I went through the ingredients and the instructions, and after a few minutes of deliberation in my adventurous mind I decided to attempt cooking this legendary meal. I have always […]

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My First Thanksgiving

by Nicholas Lau - Posts (6). Posted Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

It has been around three months since I arrived in the United States, and I’m still always excited to experience new things, especially those exclusive to America, adding to my long list of firsts. Last week, my new first was celebrating Thanksgiving in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. On the beautiful Thanksgiving morning, […]

5 Weird Things That Happen on American Thanksgiving

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 6:46 pm

The fourth Thursday of November is the American holiday of Thanksgiving.  It’s one of America’s most deeply-held national traditions, and one that we love to show off to foreign students.  A day to eat good food in the company of loved ones and give thanks for what we have – what could be nicer? But […]

Diary of a Distant Christmas

by Senzeni - Posts (12). Posted Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 11:07 am

Thoughts from one week of holiday celebrations: Wednesday, December 01The most difficult part of my college experience is being an international student. My friends are anxiously marking days off their calendars in joyful anticipation of celebrating the end of year with their families.  Everywhere I turn, decorations have been hung up high in preparation for […]

Lights Up, It’s Christmas!

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 10:18 am

Lawrence, Kansas, a town of about 90,000 people, about a third of whom are students at The University of Kansas (KU), has become now my second home. After four months living here I have become used to everything around, from the crazy Kansan weather that changes from 60 to almost 20 degrees in the same […]

Question of the Week: Finding Holiday Traditions Part 1

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 26th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

In honor of Thanksgiving, this week’s Question of the Week was about holidays. We asked what it’s like to celebrate American holidays, like Thanksgiving, in the States, and this post (part 1) is all about Thanksgiving and how to find your own meaning in a holiday that feels so American. We also wanted to know […]

Trick or Turkey?: Getting Into American Holidays

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I first arrived in the U.S. in mid-October, so I was almost immediately swept away by Halloween, followed soon by Thanksgiving. By “swept away” I mean, for the most part, “exposed to advertisements and merchandising.” Yeah, I guess the commercialization of holidays in the U.S. drew the most direct reaction from me – especially how […]

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