This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and JCPenney.
However, all opinions expressed are my own.
What I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s the one holiday that everyone in our country celebrates! It’s all about being grateful for what we have and for those loved ones around us.
How do we celebrate it? Like everyone else, I’m guessing, with a big dinner, surrounded by friends and family. While I’d love to fly home to Texas to see my mom, it doesn’t often work out that way, since it is the busiest and most expensive time to travel, so we spend the day with my husband’s side of the family and whichever friends happen to stop by.
My sister-in-law and I alternate hosting the dinner, since we live just a few minutes from each other. Now, here’s the thing – my husband is Bolivian, and I’m Mexican-American. I’ve spent my WHOLE life celebrating Thanksgiving, with the memories of my American grandma’s amazing dinners still vivid in my mind. His family has been in the US since the late 90s, so they didn’t grow up celebrating this holiday, like I did. This means that if I want to eat a ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving, I have to make it.
So I prepare all the traditional sides… sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing… the works! While I tend to stick to those main dishes, I like to experiment and try new recipes every year so it’s always a little different. I’m not crazy about making turkey, so we usually buy that already prepared, along with a big roast from a local Bolivian restaurant. My sister-in-law makes white rice, potatoes… the usual Latin fare.
I try to cook everything the day before since my husband and I get up early and go run the Turkey Trot downtown first thing in the morning, burning calories before we even consume them! It’s a great way to not feel guilty come dinner time.
We can’t forget football, of course. While the women are slaving away in the kitchen (or so our husbands think!), all the men are surrounding the TV in the living room, with a beer in hand. I don’t think they even care who’s playing! You’ll likely find the kids playing Wii or Xbox, or just running around! It’s a wonderful day.
Last, but certainly not least, my husband and I celebrate our anniversary Thanksgiving weekend. We were married the day before Thanksgiving 13 years ago, and every few years, our anniversary falls on this day, or very close to it. It’s a beautiful thing!
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