Jayne Gautreau: An Irish girl's first American Thanksgiving | Moms

In 1998, I spent a year at Moody Bible Institue in Chicago as an exchange student. Since I grew up in Northern Ireland, I had never celebrated American Thanksgiving.

I had seen it on movies and always thought it looked like a wonderful time for families.

One of my new friends at Moody invited me to her home in Wisconsin for the Thanksgiving weekend. I was thrilled and wasn't sure what to expect, but was thankful to be spending that particular holiday at someone's home and not in a dorm room.

We spent the day at her grandmothers house with lots of her relatives. I remember her family serving up a buffet style dinner and it was amazing.

After we ate, the men gathered to watch football and I remember going for a walk with my friends and enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

I have to say that out of all the holidays, I have come to love and enjoy Thanksgiving the most. I think because there is not a lot of hustle and bustle, it is less commercialized and at the end of the day it is about time with family.

My most favorite dish of the holiday is green bean casserole. I had never had it before and now it seems like it is just not Thanksgiving with out it.

...at the end of the day it is about time with family.

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