It’s the week after Thanksgiving and we’re finally coming out of our food coma. A twenty-three pound turkey, four boxes of stuffing, a large vat of mashed potatoes, five cans of cranberry sauce, plus a ton of sides; I’d say we had it made. This was our second year hosting Thanksgiving and I enjoyed it just as much as the first year.
The thing with being married to someone in the Military is that you’re forced to move wherever they tell you. Two and a half years ago they told us to move to Germany, a good 5,000+ miles away from where we call home. It’s tough being away from the rest of our families, especially during the holiday season. However, we have each other and our little pup so we’re not totally alone.
That’s great for us, but there are so many unmarried soldiers stationed here who are thousands of miles away from their family and friends. Not to mention, they live in the barracks where the most you might get in terms of a kitchen is a refrigerator and microwave. Sure, they could go off post and grab some food at a restaurant but that isn’t very festive. So, we chose to host and invited as many single soldiers as we could so they could enjoy a home cooked meal with friends.
We do a potluck style when we host for Thanksgiving – turkeys aren’t cheap – and ask that every one attending bring a side, a dessert, or drinks. We always provide the turkey and stuffing. Since we do invite single soldiers, we open our kitchen to those bringing food that needs to be prepared. As cramped as it can get in the kitchen, it’s nice to see everyone coming together to help make the holiday possible.
Once all the food is cooked, we sit around the table and share what we’re thankful for. We love doing this because we come from all walks of life and it’s amazing to hear what everyone appreciates in their life. After dinner we all just hang out and enjoy each other’s company.
It is really hard being away from home during the holidays. We understand what we’re all going through; we miss our families, we’re thousands of miles away home, we’re in another country that doesn’t recognize Thanksgiving. It doesn’t completely solve the problem of missing home, but it does make it a little easier. We’re so thankful for our military family.
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