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Thanksgiving in England by Cambridge

Celebrating a North American holiday in Britain.

After reading Chris’ blog entry about Thanksgiving at MIT, I thought I’d write about celebrating an American holiday in Britain. Although to be honest, instead of thinking, “Wow I’ve been in England for 2.5 months already!” I’ve been more along the lines of “I can’t believe it’s only been 2.5 months…”

Anyhow, they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here so we didn’t get any days off. Rather, we sat through classes, thinking about turkeys, and then got depressed when we go online and none of our American friends are online because they are sleeping, spending time with family, and eating.

Luckily, the world didn’t end because the CME office held a Thanksgiving Dinner for us! All of the MIT students were invited as well as the students who went over to MIT last year. Cambridge faculty involved in the program were also invited. We enjoyed a 3 course meal with sweet potato soup, turkey and vegetables, and pumpkin pie. I’ve got to say I would’ve rather served myself instead of being served. We only got 2 slices of turkey each but I think we were all pretty full by the end of it.

The chefs. They don’t understand why we like turkey so much.

Food, yum…

People and pumpkin pie, yay!

Yup. I’m truly thankful to have great MIT people sharing this experience with me. I don’t know what I would do without the other MIT students and the awesome staff at the International office!

7 responses to “Thanksgiving in England”

  1. Sam R. says:

    The food looks really good, but where’s the ham and mashed patatoe?

  2. Oh Wow,
    I had a British thanksgivings celebration as well! I visited a friend who’s parents are both from England, it was very interesting. smile

  3. Hunter '11 says:


    It was funny on my hall when people would ask people if they were going home for Thanksgiving, because when the internationals were asked, they kind of stared at us. They knew what Thanksgiving was and such, but since they didn’t celebrate, of course they won’t go home for it. We caught on ^.^

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving!

  4. Anonymous says:

    that dude in the first picture looks like he’s hiding a turkey in his shirt.

  5. E Rosser says:

    How thoughtful of the Cambridge folk! We love you, Brits!
    Not to put off their cooking, however, but those stick-like things look a it questionable…