One Lonely, Post-Thanksgiving Saturday in China | Speaking of China

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  1. melanie gao
    melanie gao February 25, 2010 at 6:13 pm | | Reply

    I can’t remember where you were living but it must not have been a big city, huh? In Beijing it seems like there are always plenty of foreigners who want to get together and celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. And now that I have kids I feel a responsibility to make sure they know how to carve a pumpkin, hunt for Easter eggs, open the little doors on an Advent calendar, etc. I think before I had the kids I was more willing to let the American holidays slide by unnoticed.

    At any rate, how considerate of your CEO to take you out.

  2. Jessica
    Jessica February 26, 2010 at 3:05 am | | Reply

    I am the same way as Melanie about feeling more strongly about passing on these traditions to my kids now that I have them. So much so that we had a total Thanksgiving fiasco this year going to one of those set dinners here in Beijing. My husband hated the turkey and resented that we spent so much money on something he found so disgusting! I was pregnant with our daughter and hormonal at the time but I totally got all sad about the Thanksgiving that wasn’t meant to be. I need to find some foreigners to spend Thanksgiving with next year (maybe I’ll meet up with you Melanie! :D).

  3. laura
    laura March 1, 2010 at 5:13 am | | Reply

    Ha ha Jess, we had the same thing at Christmas, my husband wanted beef cos he doesn’t like turkey, then we had to hang around waiting for some of his friends to turn up and they were late, then he wanted me to stop talking to my family on Skype cos the guests were here. Not my ideal Christmas so we are now saving to go to Thailand next Christmas!

  4. Lee
    Lee February 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm | | Reply

    Yes! I always have the toughest time around Thanksgiving. I miss my family so much. What I usually do is go out to eat with my wife or hang out at home with her and her family. I couldn’t bear spending it alone. I also videochat with my family in the States.

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