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Orphan Dinner

Defined as a dinner party or a holiday get together with friends who have no family to spend the holidays with. Usually a potluck event.

The phrase resonated with me, it’s a big part of the ex-pat experience. Most of us don’t have family here but most of us have made friends. We’re bonded by similar interests, world views or simply by sharing a common language.

Some people do fly “home” for the holidays, but most don’t. It gets expensive and sometimes it’s physically challenging. I haven’t spent Thanksgiving with my family in three years. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays, sharing first place with Halloween, Independence Day (July 4th) comes in third. I like Christmas and Easter for the family dinners and the decorations but they aren’t big on my list. Any holiday that has mandatory gift giving stresses me out, I like receiving presents, I like giving them but as an expression of love and affection not because I am supposed to do it.

Back to the pot lucks, we’re off to one this afternoon. It should be fun, a small group maybe ten people. I don’t remember what we did last year, the year before we were in Chiapas.The year that I was in California, Husband went to a celebration with friends, a lovely couple who have since moved to another part of Mexico. Another group of people we know go to the Hyatt for the Thanksgiving buffet, they reserve a table, enjoy a first class meal with friends with the added bonus of no dishes to wash.

Tomorrow, I am going to inspect my ornaments and start thinking about decorating.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!

3 comments

  1. Steve,exactly, though the food was very good at the dinner we went to.

    Ron, I like my family. However, I understand the sentiment.

    regards,
    Theresa

  2. I agree that friends are what world gives you to make up for family.

    🙂

  3. I love Thanksgiving because it is a chance for the family to gather without the distractions of Christmas. My family is currently spread over two countries and three states. Today I am joining four friends for a restaurant Thanksgiving meal. The food will not be as good as the fathering. And that is fine with me. Am orphan dinner and better than none at all.

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