Posted by: monsonmadness | November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving in American Samoa

Happy Thanksgiving! We have had an amazing day. Thanksgiving is a day of traditions, and we decided to use American traditions with a twist of Samoan! (Not to the menu of course!) In American Samoa (unlike Samoa) Thanksgiving day is a holiday, so everyone has the day off. Only today though, Michael has to go back to work tomorrow which is a shame. The Palagi’s mostly do traditional food, but the locals just feast one whatever they want, no set menu for them, just another excuse to get together with family and pig out!

We have only ever had one Thanksgiving by ourselves before, that was when we lived in California in 2004. All of the other Thanksgivings have been with Michael’s family, so I have only had a food assignment for a large group. Cooking the whole Thanksgiving meal doesn’t intimidate me, but as you read earlier, the heat in the kitchen is not very pleasant. We really wanted a traditional menu because that’s really the only thing we’ve got that makes it seem like the holidays. Looking out of the window you certainly wouldn’t think it was the end of November.

Our family doesn’t care for pumpkin pie, but we did want to incorporate pumpkin into our day somehow, so we started off the morning with pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes and orange juice. A big hit.

Then we worked on our gratitude trees, and got ready for some fun games for later in the afternoon.  After that we enjoyed Skyping with family and telling silly jokes. The kids watched a 30 minute movie of the first Thanksgiving and William Bradford, then it was time to build our own boat! Yes, that’s right, we decided since we are here in a tropical place, we would make the most of it, so we built our own Monson Mayflower and took it out on the ocean to see if it would sail. A little history lesson while working and you have a great family activity!

For our Thanksgiving dinner we had turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, honey butter, and corn, with apple pie and ice cream for dessert. No-one in our family likes cranberry sauce or green bean casserole, so we were happy to scratch those items off the list. I normally make two or three kinds of pie, but for only 8 of us, I didn’t bother this year. Kept it simple and stress free. Our table decorations were made by the kids, with pilgrim coloring place mats. Didn’t they do a great job?

We played Thanksgiving taboo, charades, and scattergories. Our kids LOVE to play games, guess it’s in the genes!

We put the kids down to bed at 7.30pm, and then Michael and I snuggled up to watch “The New World” with some traditional “Helen” snacks of cucumber, chips and cheese. Pretty perfect day I’d say.


  1. Sounds like an awesome Thanksgiving day!

  2. American Samoa – they of the 31-0 spanking against the S’roos 10 yrs ago – won their first ever game today. Tonga hang your heads.

  3. I was going to ask if the boat floated but by the pictures I think it did okay in the ocean at least for a little while. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. what an amazing day!!!!

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