Thanksgiving, Avocados, Mexico – Oh My! (and a free download!)

I recently read an article about the arrival of the Mexican avocado at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2015!  I didn’t know that.  Did you?  I do know that I give thanks to the avocado every day, not just on Thanksgiving!  For years, my twenty-something only ate peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pizza and quesadillas. Recently though, he has developed a love for guacamole!  Even more reason for me to give thanks to the humble avocado.

Did you know that Americans eat 5 billion avocados per year? No wonder “Avocados de Mexico” is celebrating Thanksgiving with us!

I also read an article about the “arrival” of Thanksgiving in Mexico – el día de acción de gracias. Hmmm. It made me reflect upon a Thanksgiving our family spent in Xalapa, Mexico in 2009.

Thanksgiving in Mexico – minus the avocado!

El día de acción de gracias en Xalapa. Mi familia.

El día de acción de gracias en Xalapa. Mi familia.

We were anxiously awaiting the visit of my parents. What’s more, my Dad was bringing cans of cranberry sauce and bags of bread crumbs with him in his suitcase.  You see, he was the keeper of a famous stuffing recipe! And our mouths were watering in anticipation!

If Thanksgiving dinner ingredients abound in larger Mexican cities, they definitely were lacking in Xalapa in 2009.  My sister-in-law oversaw the acquisition of the turkey, and acquired a smoked turkey.  Sacrilegious!! Cough and sputter! Not one of my favorites. I tried to concoct a stuffing using Mexican chorizo.  Ahem.  Not quite the stuffing that made us salivate back home.  Apple pie? Pumpkin pie? Don’t even think about it.

El día de acción de gracias en Xalapa 2009. Mi papá, mi mamá, mi cuñada y mi sobrina!

El día de acción de gracias en Xalapa 2009. Mi papá, mi mamá, mi cuñada y mi sobrina!

But hey, I needed to remember that it was all about family, right?  So we did our best.  In fact, I can’t remember almost anything about what else we ate. However, I do remember vividly the family that was there and the good times we shared.

So, we brought Thanksgiving to Mexico.  I’m sure this happens all the time.  And if the article I read seems to be quite a generalization announcing “the arrival” of  Thanksgiving in Mexico, it’s not at all farfetched!

Cross cultural experiences

road sign arrows both ways - "Give and Take"

Cultural exchanges go both ways! (pixabay.com)

It’s impossible that our traditions and customs don’t intermix. Consider that around a million American citizens live in Mexico. Add to that, an average of 20  million American tourists traveled to Mexico, and 14 million Mexicans traveled to the U.S in 2013.  In addition, approximately 11.6 million Mexican immigrants reside in the U.S. (2015 data). Plus, about 40 million or more Hispanics of Mexican origin now live in the U.S. (Although, that last number seems to be low to me!)

And what about all the American movies that are exported to Mexico and consumed whole heartedly by the young and old.  When we were living in Xalapa, going to the movies was huge! Cultural celebrations don’t go unnoticed in the movies!

Thanksgiving in Mexico via the movie industry

Wikipedia has a whole list of movies featuring Thanksgiving. Even Rocky paid homage to the holiday. Remember A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)? More recently, we had Free Birds (2013), and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration (2009).

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is no secret. And, with Mexico’s love of family, it’s a no-brainer that many Mexicans would adopt the tradition.

As much as we love family, November can be a bitter sweet month. First there is el día de los muertos  which honors deceased family members.. Then comes Thanksgiving when we spend time with family. Sadly, my Dad passed away in 2010, but fortunately, I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my Mom. Plus, both are my favorite holidays.

Bitter sweet, ¿verdad? (right?)

So, can we honor both cultures this Thanksgiving? Since families are important to all of us, and we definitely all eat avocados, let’s celebrate family and eat lots of avocados together!!!

Avocado recipe and free R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish download!

¡Avocados! and free download

¡Avocados! and free downloads (pixabay.com)

Why don’t you try some avocado recipes “recetas” in Spanish!

Finally, to close, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite cute avocado video shorts.  It made its rounds on social media a few years back.

As a way to honor the family, I”m giving away a free download of Unit 4, Part A and B (La familia) of R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish . The download includes:

  • Unit 4 Part A & B, (Vocabulary, Tips for the Home Educator, IDEAS Section)
  • Activity Book exercises for Unit 4 A & B.  The exercises can be filled out directly online.
  • Daily Curriculum Guide for Unit 4
  • Answers to Unit 4 A & B
  • Audio (Audio for the download is not a separate file, but is included within the material and is accessible by clicking on the icons – this is a Beta Version).

Please fill out your email below, and when I receive it, I will send you the download code.

This is a Beta version that includes the embedded mp3 files and an activity book that you can work on online.  Please let me know how you like it. The download is not optimized for mobile phone use as of yet.  The download is recommended for laptops or desktops.

If you do not already have on your computer, you will need:

Thanks and I hope you enjoy the material.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Please let me know you are interested in the download by writing your email in the above field. When I receive notification, I'll send you the download. Thanks!