Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving in Guatemala

So, as you know, Thanksgiving is an American holiday. Most Guatemalans don't know what it is, let alone how to celebrate it. My friend was telling me a story about the people at her church asking her about Thanksgiving. They told her they thought Thanksgiving was our time to celebrate Christmas!

This year, I celebrated Thanksgiving with Jenny & her family. Jenny works in our office as our secretary. She was also one of Spanish teachers and has become a good friend. I've also had the priveledge to get to know her family. So, in discussion, we decided to have Thanksgiving together.
Last week, Jenny & I were discussing the menu. She said, "Well my mom will make the turkey and I will make mashed potatoes and a salad. That should be enough food, so you can bring an apple pie - that should definately be enough food." I explained to her all that must-haves to make an adequate Thanksgiving dinner. Because she wasn't sure about some of those items, I made 'em!

We had a great turkey (made by Jenny's mom), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, apple & pumpkin pie and egg nog. Also, with a little Guatemalan-flare, ponche... Ponche is a typical Guatemalan drink where they boil some fruits. It tastes a lot like cider with a yummy-fruity twist. It was great.
Once again, God made a great holiday. I had a wonderful time with Jenny's family, visiting, eating until we couldn't eat anymore and laughing! For the most part, they enjoyed the "Gringo Food" I brought. I hope all of you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving, as we take a day to remember all the blessings we have in our life. My list could go on for all the things I have to be thankful for; starting with an loving and supporting family, pastors and a home church behind me, new and old relationships and God's provision and favor on my life.
Happy Turkey Day & God Bless,


Amanda said...

I'm so glad you had a good day, Sarah!! Sorry I didn't answer when you called back.. I guess I was asleep!! I'll talk to you soon!!

Danielle said...

It's wonderful to hear that your Thanksgiving went well! Mine is still going, sorta... I'm still in NC! I've had a blast with all my close friends from college! I don't want it to end. But I'm so thankful for the time we've had to share together. I can't wait to see you. I'm still trying to get a date set, but its going to happen! love you girl.