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2009-12-03 Something to Be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving! Okay, so it might not be Thanksgiving any more, but I still hope that everyone had a wonderful day and ate lots of delicious food! I would have written this earlier, but as the end of the semester quickly approaches, my professors seem to have everyone doing homework nonstop. I am very excited for the Christmas break that will be in about two weeks, and then the two month break! I hope that with all the free time that I will have, I will be able to go and travel around Japan more, study more Japanese, as well as make progress on my senior research paper. But lets talk about Thanksgiving in Japan! As you might expect, Japanese people do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but I was fortunate enough to go to Michael Colbys house and have a real Thanksgiving feast with REAL AMERICAN FOOD!! It had been so long since I had eaten something American, and it was absolutely delicious. The company was also great: Meredith, Sara (Merediths roommate), and Claudia (another person from Merediths dorm) came and it was great to talk and make new friends. My friends in the dorm said that they also wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving since they do not celebrate Thanksgiving in their countries, so we decided to have our own Thanksgiving. Granted, our Thanksgiving feast consisted of spaghetti, garlic bread, apple pie, and cake, but even though food is an important part of what Thanksgiving is about, it is not the most important thing. Being with people that you care about and being happy for what you have is what it is important, and that is what I am thankful for. Tiffany Ross

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