A Thanksgiving to Remember

by | Nov 16, 2021 | Family Life, Health, Society

We had been only a few years in the USA, and we had learned a great deal about Thanksgiving.
So that year I wanted to make something special for our close friends.
I thought, let’s reverse the first Thanksgiving and let the newcomers invite our US born friends.
Of course I was late buying the biggest turkey I have ever seen, it looked more like a bison to me.
I was lucky because it was a bit defrost when I bought it at the large department store, so I thought it will defrost faster.
I left the beast on the countertop for almost a day to defrost fully.
Made  a huge amount of fresh stuffing.
Put it all in the oven for many hours.
We were about 30 people and we had a great time.
Of course, now you specialists of the Thanksgiving turkey, you know why it has been a memorable Thanksgiving.
Did I do anything wrong?
Yes I did everything wrong from step 1 to the last.
This is what I learned.
– never buy a turkey that looks more like a bison.
– make sure it’s entirely frozen, if you buy it frozen.
– never defrost it on the countertop for long hours.
– make sure the stuffing is already well pre-cooked, and don’t etc …
– most of all, never accept an invitation from a non US born friend for a Thanksgiving meal.
You guessed right, everybody got sick.
The following week, I was offered this great T-shirt, see picture, still don’t get the joke.
Yes, everybody remembers very well this Thanksgiving.
Yes, from that day on, we only accept invitations for Thanksgiving.
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Christian Meert

I was born and raised in Morocco in a Catholic family. One of my uncles was a Franciscan priest and his sister a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, both in Morocco. I am the youngest of three boys. My eldest brother passed in 2011 and my other brother lives in Montpellier, France, with his family. I received my Masters in International Business in Montpellier, France, in 1976, and worked as the Regional Director of an American ag company for 15 years. I traveled all over the world: mainly Europe, Africa and Middle East. I am happily married to Christine since 1977 and we have five daughters and fourteen grandchildren so far. In 1990, our family joined the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes, in France, of which we were a part of for fifteen years. We started the House of the Community in Denver at the call of Archbishop Chaput in 1999. In 2004 Christine and I founded CatholicMarriagePrep.com, and then left the Community to dedicate ourselves to our ministry. We have been the Directors of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Colorado Springs since 2005. In 2010, we became American citizens. I love fly-fishing, hiking and gardening!

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