Saturday morning before the guests arrived, Anders and Torben and I went over to the folk school library to set up and decorate the tables. I gave the boys the candles (unlit), several tablecloths, a bucket of pine cones and dried chestnuts, glasses, plates, and utensils, and asked them to make it look nice. This was what they came up with!
We had a fantastic time. Some of these people Jeff hadn't seen in twenty years! So everyone's lives are very different now from when they knew each other before. They started arriving in the early afternoon, and we had crackers and cheese and vegetables out for people to munch on. We ate the full Thanksgiving meal around 7, and the kids played until about 9:30 when they started going to bed. The folk school library has six guest rooms in it, so it worked out really well that there were rooms for all of the families to stay. The students from the folk school were still out of the country on their various trips, so it was basically empty except for us. We hired one of the headmaster's daughters to watch out kids, so about 10 she and I walked the kids home to put them to bed, and then I went back to join the grownups for a while. I turned in for the night around 11:30, when some of the other spouses also left. Jeff got home just before 4am.
The air turned very cold over night! The grass was frozen and crunchy, and we woke up to snow! It was beautiful, just a light blanket covering the grass and trees.
We were up again at 8, and went to the folk school to have breakfast with our friends as well. Jeff made an American breakfast, too, for fun. We had American (small and fluffy) pancakes, bacon, yogurt and toppings, and fruit. It was delicious! Then Jeff gave them all a tour of the folk school before they had to start heading back home. It was a few hours' drive for most of them, and apparently Copenhagen got almost a foot of snow.
It was a very fun, and very busy weekend. They all said they'd love to come back in the spring for a BBQ outside, too. So we will start the planning of that as well.