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This was our sixth Thanksgiving since joining the Foreign Service. With the exception of last year, we have spent all of them overseas.

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There’s nothing quite like a family-oriented holiday to make one miss home, but we’ve tried our best to keep holiday-induced homesickness at bay. One year, Thanksgiving found us on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the next year we celebrated with a large group of our Nairobi friends on the Kenyan coast. During our Moldova tour, we took advantage of the long holiday weekend to travel, spending our first Thanksgiving with friends in Vienna and the next in Istanbul.

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This year marked the first time we stayed put, and the first time S has organized a Thanksgiving meal at home, which is kind of surprising given how much she loves Thanksgiving food — so much so, in fact, that her parents not infrequently organize a mini-Thanksgiving meal when we visit them in Maine, regardless of the season during which our visit happens to fall. S had a conference in DC last month and she took advantage of the opportunity to bring back cranberries, goat cheese, and a Butterball turkey, which our housekeeper and cook called the biggest chicken they had ever seen.

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Though far from home, we found plenty of things to be thankful for this holiday season, including having excellent company to help us celebrate. What are you thankful for?

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