Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving in the Sand Box

Thursday was a work day here in UAE and of course they don't celebrate Thanksgiving so it was off to work. A little strange, but when there isn't much around to remind you it's Thanksgiving, it's not too bad.

On Friday afternoon, the Epic crew and some friends got together for a Thanksgiving dinner. We had all the basics: Turkey, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries and pumpkin pie so it really tasted like the real thing, just with different people. We certainly missed all our family and friends and remain thankful for Skype, Facebook and email so we can stay in touch.

One of the hardest things for me is missing out on the Black Friday sale madness. In case you didn't know, I am one of those crazies who gets up at the crack of dawn in order to get the free $10 gift card or stuffed toy given to the first 100 customers. Not so crazy as to set up a tent the night before (I'm a purist and think that's cheating), but I do get up pretty early on Black Friday. NOTHING even close to that here and even finding a good sale is a bit of a challenge.

Today, we're off to find a Christmas tree. I've actually been surprised by the amount of Christmas stuff you can find. Not at all like back home, but we'll be able to scrounge together a tree and a few decorations - enough to make it feel like the holidays. I'll keep you posted and get a few photos.

Happy Thanksgiving all - hope you enjoyed your holiday!

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