Garen Tennant
Thanksgiving T27 [families welcome!]
Mon Mar 5, 2018 19:28

At the beginning of November, immediate families of current students received their invitations to attend RMI’s Thanksgiving Day celebration. Of course, because RMI was an international school, not all students celebrated the holiday, but Garen Tennant thought that was even more of a reason to host the event. International families could get a (literal) taste of their students’ host cultures, and the (American) majority of students had the chance to celebrate with their families, like most Americans did on Thanksgiving.

Unsurprisingly, Garen was a fan of all family-togetherness holidays. Hence organizing the new event.

Led by head chef Antoine, who was both delighted and despotic at the prospect of having so many guests, the house elves had prepared a feast. The long, family-style tables that has appeared in the Diner for the occasion were laden with American Thanksgiving favorites, including mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce (both whole-berry and jellied), creamed corn, green bean casserole, freshly-baked bread, lentil-stuffed squash, brussels sprouts several regional varieties of stuffing (including classic sage breadcrumb, cornbread, West coast oyster dressing, apple and cranberry, mushroom, and potato filling), and, of course, turkey.

For dessert, there were pumpkin, pecan, and apple pies of various sizes, although many of these had been abruptly hoarded by Samuel Boot, who was now sitting at his own table with a sign that said “Pie Eating Contest!” in letters that started out very large and then got sort of squashed as the writer ran out of sign. Boot had done this of his own volition, and was in fact still occasionally leaving his table to collect any stray pies that he had previously missed. Garen wasn’t sure whether to be pleased that the professor was engaging with the school community or suspicious that he was just going to eat most of the pies himself. In any case, the house elves had also provided brownies, pumpkin rolls, and cookies, so everyone with a sweet tooth would be able to indulge it.

Per Toby’s earnest directive, the house-elves had labelled which dishes were organic and locally-sourced. There was also a platter with a meatless turkey alternative. Garen predicted it would not be very popular, but he was glad that students with dietary considerations would be able to share in the special occasion.

Per an initiative spearheaded by Julia Jacobs and Madeleine, there was also a low table dedicated a classic Thanksgiving-themed craft: hand turkeys. The construction paper was enchanted to let the turkey trot around once it had been finished, adding a fun magical twist on the activity. After some consideration Garen had decided this was a good idea; some of the guests might have smaller children in tow who would appreciate something to keep little hands busy. (Of course, slightly larger children—i.e., RMI students and their adults—were more than welcome to join in if they wanted.)

At two o’clock in the afternoon on the fourth Thursday in November, the Finer Diner was filled with the sound of portkeys arriving as the school’s guests appeared. The portkeys would reactivate to take the families back to their homes at nine o’clock in the evening, although those who needed to leave earlier were able to take the elevator to Pearl Street and Floo or Apparate home from Lighthouse Books.

As students reunited with their visitors and got settled at the tables, Garen made his way to the raised dais at the front of the room. “Welcome, everyone, and happy Thanksgiving!” he said, addressing the room. “For those of you are new to the holiday, Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate the things that you are grateful for. It’s a good day to spend time with family and friends, to reflect on the blessings of the previous year, and to look forward to another year together. This year, we are all so thankful to have you and your students as part of our RMI family. Enjoy the feast!”

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