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Sitting there stuffed with delicious food and wine, reclined in our chairs, feeling sleepy we were all pretty thankful for Thanksgiving this year. From our comfortable, relaxed positions we suddenly found ourselves out in the backyard–a little too full to be standing up, and prepping ourselves for the Vinciguerra Olympics.

I’d like to take a moment here to inform you of the meaning of “Vinciguerra:” winner of the war. So, it only makes sense that we would top off our Italian Thanksgiving with a makeshift Hunger Games.

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

What does the Vinciguerra Olympics entail you ask?

Bocci, tournament style, of course. That’s a given. It’s our bread and butter.

Badminton for the spritely.

And croquet to wrap it all up.

After selecting our countries (Norway, USA, Uganda, China, Portugal, Hungary, Switzerland, Burma, and Jamaica), we spent the rest of our evening parading around the yard–iPhones held high–playing our national anthems.

In the end, Burma took croquet, Norway badminton and Portugal bocci. And here’s the breakdown.

Distracted by too much pie, we never did have our closing ceremonies. And, that right there, is how the Vinciguerras do Thanksgiving.

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