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Today is Thanksgiving, and boy is my cup overflowing with thanks to give!
I have spent the past (almost) year living a tropical life with the man I love, and last night my mom flew in from Dallas, Texas to spend Thanksgiving with us!!!
I kind of feel bad, though, because my mom has only been to three countries outside of the U.S. which includes Mexico (and, let’s be honest, if you live in Texas that’s like almost living in Mexico anyway), Canada and, that’ right folks, COSTA RICA! So instead of going somewhere new, she came back to this tiny country in Central America to see me. What a great mom, right?
When moving to Costa Rica, I flew in December 23, 2011. Christmas Eve, eve! We were off to Jaco Beach the next day to spend Christmas somewhere special, and not in our un-festive apartment.
It felt strange, though. We usually try and go to Missouri for Christmas, where Peter’s family is from, and it gets COLD there! We do fun traditions like watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, eating homemade pizza, riding four wheelers, and even cutting down a Charlie Brown-esqu Christmas tree from the yard and decorating it on Christmas Eve!
His family has so many great traditions that I love (and I KNOW Peter loves) that it was difficult being in a warm climate for the holidays. December is actually the first month of “summer” for Costa Ricans. The skies are blue every day without a drop of rain all month. Much different than the December we are use to.
Most Costa Ricans also take almost the whole month off of work. Christmas is a big deal in this strong, Catholic country. Everyone heads to the beach for a week or two to enjoy the beautiful weather!
We stayed at a little hostel called Hotel Kangaroo. They even left a stocking on our doorstep Christmas morning filled with coffee and chocolates! How sweet!
Below are two pictures
of one store in Santa Ana to give you an idea of what Christmas is like around here now. These decorations have been up since the first of November…lol.
Mom and I walked around downtown Santa Ana today. We stopped in the old Church in the center of town and said a few thankful prayers.
Right now, we are just sitting here watching some football, about to start cooking our own version of Thanksgiving meal. It’s really starting to feel like home. 😀
We had breaded, baked chicken from what we picked up at the butcher that morning, fresh cut raw veggies, and instant mashed potatoes.
Peter was nice enough to take this pic of us. 🙂 And the weather was so nice. Maybe 75 F.
Now, time to relax and finish up watching the Cowboys play! They’re home this year, in the town of Arlington, TX where I was born!!
I hope everyone out there had a restful and full Thanksgiving. This is the time of year that we should all feel appreciative of who we have around.
It has been a tough year for my family. Two members passed away, but that will all be in another post.
~Thanks for reading~