Accra Ghana Temple

Accra Ghana Temple
Accra Ghana Temple

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving in Ghana

Thanksgiving in Ghana is a unique and fun event.  We gathered with 40 of our dearest friends at the home of our Area President and enjoyed a very traditional Thanksgiving Feast.  With us were the Area Presidency, the Accra Temple Presidency, Mission Presidents from Accra and the MTC, missionary couples and expat employees.  There is nothing like a taste of home when you live abroad.  

We probably enjoyed the same things you did:  turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, relish tray, fresh fruit salad and homemade rolls and pies. 

 In my quest to make the perfect stuffing, I do admit that I spent $15 for a bunch of celery.  I'm sure it is imported and this is the one time a year that I give myself permission to indulge and buy celery.  Everything we buy here costs 3-4 times what we would pay in the U.S. because it all has to be brought in from elsewhere.  Local fruit and vegetables are the exception.

The most unique thing about our Thanksgiving in Ghana was how we got a turkey.  You can buy a frozen turkey here and it will cost $100.  When we returned from Conference in October, Gregg packed a frozen turkey in his carry-on.  As long as it is frozen, TSA has no problem with it.  They did want to take a look at it and wondered why he would pack a turkey.  He told them that he works in Ghana, Africa and he wants turkey on Thanksgiving!  Their response was to give him a high five.  And it arrived still frozen!

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