My Mexican Thanksgiving

7 Dec

As I was going through some pictures yesterday, I realized I hadn’t told you about my Thanksgiving!

Back in the US, my family does Thanksgiving just like everyone else’s family… turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy and lots of desserts! When I was in college in Cancun, I never had any fall breaks. Now that I’m working, I only get back home for Christmas. So I haven’t been home for Thanksgiving since 2005, I think. (or seen any fall weather, for that matter!)

This year, my suegros took pity on me and prepared a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. They invited some of their friends, and I invited some of mine. We had a pretty big group (not all are pictured), including an American priest from the church my suegros go to.

There was turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and lots of veggies! Everyone seemed to really enjoy all the American food. I was almost expecting them to break out the tortillas, but they resisted.

Thanksgiving dinner still had some undeniably Mexican touches to it, though… dinner didn’t begin until 10:30 pm, the turkey was heavily seasoned with lime, the dinner was blessed by a Catholic priest, and the priest had to explain the Thanskgiving story several times to our Mexican guests. Close enough!

Me being a dork

Oh mashed potatoes… it’s been too long since we last met!

14 Responses to “My Mexican Thanksgiving”

  1. Ang December 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Oh, that’s SO awesome that they did that for you! Wow – seriously, what a great thing to be able to be a part of, for you and them!

  2. KfromMichigan December 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    10:30 pm .. holy crap .. then go to bed on such a FULL tummy! Well, glad you had a sort of American Thanksgiving dinner!

  3. Margaret@SingleandSane December 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    What an incredibly thoughtful thing to do and it looks so fun!

    But I sure hope they understand that we don’t normally eat a meal THAT big at 10:30 p.m.!

  4. Ashlie December 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    What a nice thing for your in-laws to do for you. It sounds like you had a lovely time.

    • daddy December 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

      So Jorge will have to have the famous family Christmas morning breakfast…

      • Laura in Cancun December 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

        I tried explaining Mommy’s Christmas breakfast to him last night, but words weren’t enough.

  5. wentCoastal December 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    They didn’t stuff it with picadillo, then apple & pineapple? Turkey w/o ground meat stuffing? Que norteamericana! My last food post was about making turkey “Isla Mujeres” syle…it’s complicated (and tasty)…like most of the local food! Cooking traditional (North) American food just got easier in Isla Mujeres with the opening of the Chedraui…which has the forum buzzin. I enjoy your blog!

    • Laura in Cancun December 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      The stuffing they made did look more like picadillo, actually! (Not quite, but close)

      Off to check out your blog…

  6. Linda Faye Balderas December 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    I had to smile when I read this.I will be moving to Salamanca GTO next year and I plan on making Thanksgiving dinner for my husband who has already moved.He lived in the states for over twenty years and this is his second thanksgiving in Mexico since his return.He wanted to know everything I made, especially pumpkin pie! So he will be having Turkey Day in January!

  7. DM December 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    I’m glad your friends came through for you. It looks like a great dinner (and yum on the taters too!)

  8. Kathryn December 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    That’s so sweet of them! The meal looks awesome and lime turkey sounds very intriguing… 🙂

  9. Nikki December 8, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    That is so sweet! I bet that turkey was delish with all the lime, that’s the way I like my roast chicken.

  10. Kristi December 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    They did this all just for you??!! That is the sweetest!!! I had no idea you’ve lived in Cancun that long and that you went to college there too. How cool!

  11. Ceri February 25, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    How sweet of them to do that for you. 😀 Looks like a great day.

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