We began cooking Wednesday night. On Thursday, Pam and I both came home at lunch from work to finish preparations. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cream cheese jello, salad, mmmm... We had 3 families over to celebrate with us.
Thanksgiving, I explained to our guests, has its roots in the idea that newcomers to America would have died without help from the natives, and so this feast was to celebrate how thankful they were for their help. Likewise, we would have died coming to Norway without the help of the natives, and so now we celebrate how thankful we are for our friendships. (Peter wanted to add that the newcomers later killed off many of the natives.)
After dinner, what else? American football! Since we couldn't get a live game, we watched the 2000 game between the Jets and Dolphins, which was rated one of the top 5 most exciting NFL games. With the Jets way way behind at halftime it looked like not a very interesting game. Somehow, we sensed a comeback on its way. It was hilarious explaining the rules to our Norwegian friends, and trying to explain what constitutes a fair catch and what it means when a knee is touching the ground etc etc etc. They were quite insistent that our game of "football" involved almost no "feet" and certainly no "ball"!