Now that I compromised the time line yesterday, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to say Happy Thanksgiving everyone! There are so many things that we are thankful for here that I would need a separate blog to include it all, but I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Thank you to all those that supported us on this missions trip and for your prayers and support you’ve given us.” I’m sure that you may have gotten tired of hearing me say that by now but it’s just because we really mean it.
Now, about Thanksgiving Day in Mexico! Looking back, it was a day of cooking massive portions of meals, setting up a beautiful tent and decorations, making the most delicious pumpkin pie from scratch, and sneaking bites of the delicious turkeys that we carved…wait, I mean, no we didn’t…?
Now, you may be wondering why we had such a massive celebration for a holiday in a foreign country that does not recognize it as such, and that is a good question! The meaning of Thanksgiving is to thank God for all the things He has done for us in the past year, and as one of the Mexican hosts we had yesterday pointed out, the holiday has become heavily commercialized in the states. Now, if you celebrate a holiday in a country that doesn’t recognize that holiday, then it’s as though you can go back to the roots of the holiday and not celebrate the money that it rakes in for some companies, you get to celebrate the blessings that God rains down on us every day.
Also, it was nice to be able to share such a holiday and national feast with those from another place. We fed them Turkey with cranberry sauce, sweet corn casserole (mama’s recipe), sweet potato casserole, dinner rolls, scalloped potatoes, stuffing (or dressing if you’re old), and green bean casserole. In other words, we gave them the fixin’s. Afterwards we played games, took pictures at a “makeshift” photo booth (though I’m inclined to believe that it was in no way makeshift considering I would have lived in it), and enjoyed each other’s company, sharing what each other was thankful for.
All-in-all I would say that Mexico throws some pretty dope Thanksgiving parties, so you better watch out America, this land down south is coming up in a close second. As a group, we want to thank our hosts for their hospitality and acceptance of our culture and customs. We had a blast and enjoyed every second of the day as a whole.
So, we have one more full day here in Monterrey, which is definitely a bittersweet feeling. We have loved every second of this trip and, personally, I’m going to shed some tears when this is all over because despite being a homebody, I have had some of the best times here, and I’m going to miss them.
Now, we have a park and an ice skating rink to get to so I must bid everyone adios for now, and be sure to look out on Saturday for our final blog entry tomorrow morning! Thanks again to everyone for love and support and may God Bless everyone back home and everywhere!
Photo credits to the talented Chris Howe