We just celebrated our first Thanksgiving away from family. It would have been different this year anyway since we normally travel to San Antonio to spend a few days with Grant's family for Thanksgiving, but they had just moved to Dallas right before we moved to Australia. Since they were in the same city as us, this holiday would have (and will) look different this year for the first time in a long time. So we just added a bunch of Aggies, a consulate general, a Reveille look-a-like, and a swimming pool to make it really different.
Thanksgiving was the day after I got back from my surprise trip to Dallas for my sister's wedding (another post soon). We purchased tickets to the AWC's catered Thanksgiving. It was very nice and slightly formal. The US consulate general even showed up and gave a speech. The girls hung in there really well, and I was proud of them.
I love my school.
So Australians don't really have a holiday-equivilant of Thanksgiving, but most folks I talked to last week knew it was the American Thanksgiving and wished me a happy holiday. And several times it was mentioned they wished Australia had a holiday like it. They wouldn't mind taking Thanksgiving on and leaving Halloween on the chopping block. :)