1. Remember that you are not in the US. People here don’t particularly care that hundreds of years ago Native Americans and pilgrims sat down for a meal together. Coming to terms with the fact that Thanksgiving is just another weekday makes it easier to enjoy your makeshift celebration. There’s no football game on TV and no Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but a cozy home, friends and a big turkey feast are all you really need.
2. Learn how to make pumpkin pie. It’s a staple of autumn in the US and fortunately it’s not too hard to find pumpkin puree or pie mix here.
3. Make Thanksgiving Day interesting. Sure, it’s just an average Thursday in Oslo, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play hooky for few hours to meetup with some fellow American expats and share your favorite Thanksgiving memories.
4. Globalize turkey day. We’ve invited some Italian friends who have never celebrated Thanksgiving to join us this weekend when we tuck into a feast. I’m excited to hear how they feel about the American traditions that make up the holiday.
5. Find your local American eatery. Oslo’s Café Fedora, an American restaurant, is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet on Sunday at one of their locations. This restaurant has turned the American population here into a family so just like back home, you’re bound to see people you like, don’t like or had forgotten about. And just like mom, the restaurant takes requests for your favorite items for their buffet.