As many people know, thanksgiving was held last week Thursday in the United States. In Canada it is held on the second Monday in October. So I thought it a little strange that one of my Canadian friends, Leon, invited me to a Thanksgiving celebration at his house on Saturday. But in Korea anything goes so I said sure, I would come. So Saturday I canceled my other plans and started making cherry delight, a dessert I know that Leon and his wife, Purun, really love. I was lucky to have the ingredients I needed in the house and proceeded to make it diabetic friendly by reducing the sugar over 70%. I made myself a diet drink from powder and went to pick Allison up. It was a short two blocks from her house but I had never been there before so I didn’t know where it was. With her directions we found it easily and in being two or three minutes late for the three o’clock start, we ended up being the first people there by over 20 minutes. Leon and Purun had made mashed potatoes, ham, stuffing, gravy and roasted some vegetables so I thought that was terrific. What I didn’t know was he had invited many more people. Couples and singles walked in, some with the burden of alcohol, some with the burden of food. More potatoes, this time roasted, vegetables, salads, and other desserts. We were running out of room to put food when we started to eat an hour or so later. The food was very good but I could only manage a plateful and then I had some desserts.
It does hearten me to see that foreigners still gather together to celebrate the holidays. In my first year in Jeonju that was how I met most foreigners and formed friendships, but I soon made stronger relationships with my Korean friends and those are the people I invite to my home for meals or celebrations, but I still include a couple of foreigners.