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Thanksgiving Abroad

by Sarah Clinger

If you are not native to Luxembourg, you might be feeling a little homesick these next few months due to the holiday season. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Millions of people worldwide are away from their families on Thanksgiving. Whether it is for work, school, or you just live across the world, you can still find ways to celebrate!

Friendsgiving 

My first and favorite recommendation is to have a friendsgiving celebration. You can have this on Thanksgiving or actually anytime during the holiday season. All you have to do is find a few friends, make some savory food, and enjoy each other’s company. I have hosted a friendsgiving every year for the past 3 years. My friends and I get together 2 days before thanksgiving, bond by making (and sometimes over baking) our food, and have a few drinks while chatting about the good times we have had together. 

 My favorite recipes for friendsgiving are linked below: Send us pictures if you decide to try them out! 

  • Old Fashion Turkey Stuffing recipe: here
  • Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes recipe: here
  • Green Bean Casserole recipe: here
  • No-Fuss Turkey recipe: here
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe: here
  • Apple Crumble recipe: here

Movie Marathon

If all your friends are busy on Thanksgiving Day, put on your favorite pajamas, log into your favorite streaming service, and watch to your heart’s content! I love having movie marathons, they are a great time to decompress from the stress of everyday life. If you are looking for a meal, you can cook while you watch, or you can take the easy route and order take-out from one of the few restaurants open in Luxembourg on Thanksgiving Day. 

Here are a list of movie series worth binge-watching:

  • Harry Potter
  • Marvel Universe 
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Mission Impossible 
  • James Bond
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Volunteer 

The holiday season is a giving time, so why not give back to the community? Luxembourg has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, you can work in a food kitchen, a clothing donation center, a women’s housing facility, or if you aren’t up to leave the house, you can donate money to an organization of your choice! 

Here are a list of volunteer opportunities and organizations that are in need of donations based in Luxembourg:

  • Caritas Luxembourg: here
  • Dress for Success: here
  • Médecins sans Frontieres: here 
  • Red Cross Luxembourg: here
  • Stëmm vun der Strooss: here
  • Serve the City: here

DIY Day

Everyone loves a good DIY project, so why not take the time to start one over Thanksgiving! If you have never done a DIY project before, start small. My recommendation is painting old furniture, making your own coffee cart, or creating organizers for your bathroom and kitchen cabinets! If you are up to the challenge, you can spend some time making your own furniture such as a new desk or a kitchen table. Most of us have the supplies at home used to create simple projects, but if not, most of the supplies are inexpensive and worth the buy! 

Inspiration for your next DIY project:

  • Furniture
  • Organizers
  • Beverage cart

Spa Day

Self-care can be from anywhere! If you are in need of a day full of relaxation, fresh nails, and a face mask or two, have your own spa day at home this Thanksgiving! Whip out your favorite robe, stock the oil diffuser or incense holder and enter a state of relaxation. You can buy almost any spa supplies and accessories at the store or on Amazon. My recommendation is to buy a bath bomb, some nail polish, a peel off face mask or two, a few fall scented candles, and put on your most relaxing music playlist. 

Being away from home during Thanksgiving can be hard, but a simple FaceTime to your family and some of our recommendations will hopefully make this holiday one to remember. If you try any of our Thanksgiving recommendations, let us know how they turned out by sending us pictures! 

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