So how does one celebrate Thanksgiving while living in another country? A full turkey dinner is not something that you can whip up after work. I hope that you got some chance to enjoy whatever it is that you did.
In Venice a bunch of us half-expat families get together on Saturday (or Sunday) before or after the real Thanksgiving, and do a late lunch/early dinner sort of thing with the full turkey and everyone bringing a side dish or dessert (*real* apple and pumpkin pies, and not "crostata di mele") or wine. It's been going on every year for probably close to a dozen years now, with the participants rotating a little with someone missing because of sick kids or a TG trip back home to the States, but splitting up the work makes it lots of fun and still doable in Italy.It isn't on Thanksgiving day, but it is still a very traditional Thanksgiving dinner atmosphere.
We usually celebrate on Saturday. My husband works on Thursday afternoon/evening, so I prefer to do it on Saturday when we can spend all day festive. I do the basics - turkey, homemade dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and left overs for days! Between my mom sending me things, and this site: http://www.foodfromhome.de/ I have all I need to fix up my favs. Well, except for my family....It is KILLING me to not bake my pumpkin pie NOW and eat it all up!