Thanksgiving in Puerto Vallarta
Thanksgiving in Puerto Vallarta is a relatively new holiday, all things considered. Our first experience celebrating Thanksgiving in Puerto Vallarta was met with a futile search for a turkey. We almost hired someone to hunt a wild bird but it turned into such a complicated process, we ended up eating sage drenched chicken. Pumpkin pies were also a major challenge. A guest snuck a couple of cans of Libby’s in her suitcase, and we used pure unsalted butter and a fine flour to make the crusts. Somehow it all worked out and our Mexican guests were thrilled, impressed, and somewhat mystified by potatoes and gravy.
The influx of expats has changed the availability of a lot of things we were never able to find in Puerto Vallarta. The arrival of Sam’s Club and Costco has benefited shoppers with offerings from all over the globe, not only the northern regions. When we first found cans of pumpkin puree in Puerto Vallarta, we realized commerce as we knew it had changed.
Some people complain about embracing northern holidays in Puerto Vallarta, thinking it stains the culture here. The Mexicans laugh at this idea; the immigration policies of Mexico have long allowed folks of all ethnicities and customs. It has made the country richer. Japanese and Chinese restaurants found footholds in Mexico many years prior to North Americans introducing mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans with caramelized onions and almonds. There are virtually no cultural foods one cannot find in Mexico, as a result of liberal colonization.
Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta take reservations far in advance of Thanksgiving, preparing meals for dozens who want to escape the heat of a turkey roasting in an oven all day. Others hold traditional parties in their homes and make all the fixings, inviting friends and family, guests from former homes, Mexican neighbors.
Known as el Día de Accíon de Gracias, in Puerto Vallarta, Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks. That’s all. There are no pilgrims involved, nor political conversations. Día de
Gracias gives everyone the opportunity to reflect on the past year and what they are grateful for, who they are thankful to, and the chance to consider prospects for the coming year. We are grateful for the ability to buy a Butterball at Costco, instead of searching endlessly for ingredients for the usual components of our splendid meal, and sharing with friends, new and old. Feliz Día de Accíon de Gracias!
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article! (opinions expressed are his own)
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