“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh
Keeping traditions while living in the tropics gives us fun experiences to share. I love living here because I never have to change wardrobes with the seasons. We also enjoy fresh fruits and warm weather all year long in a land of smiles.
I’ll have to admit that we are often very creative when it comes to keeping the traditions of both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
One year, one of our friends tried to raise turkeys so that we could all have our own to cook on Thanksgiving. We pre-ordered them months in advance, but the turkeys must have been too hot in the tropics. I’ll say they looked rather lean, and in fact, in only about an hour the whole thing was ready to eat. We have laughed about it for years. We so appreciate our dear friends for their creative way to bring us a Thanksgiving turkey. These events draw us together while we are away from our families. After all, weren’t the pilgrims celebrating away from their home countries too?
Of the many differences, one is that both of these days are normal working days. People carry on not knowing that these are special days for us.
This year, I found it strange and wonderful to be at home with my family to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our school gave us the day off. It seemed only fitting that I try to produce something similar to a Thanksgiving meal.
I didn’t go for the Turkey as it is imported, expensive, and impossible for only three of us to eat it. However, we did enjoy many of the traditional foods including baked chicken and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy and pecan pie.
I hope you are enjoying your celebrations with your families. We will call the rest of our family on Skype and have a virtual Thanksgiving with them. Still, we are quite thankful for our tropical celebration! God has been so good to us!
For what are you thankful?