I feel fortunate to be back at home for Christmas in Canada this year. It feels a bit different because it is the second year Nanny is not with us but it reminds me that Christmas really is all about family.
But probably one of my favourite posts was Would you buy a $500 Turkey? Aka Have you met Andres? It was around the time that I finally realized that I may think everything is inexpensive in Latin America but it wasn’t for locals. I was enjoying eating out and having a good time, all the things they couldn’t afford to do.
Having turkey isn’t a tradition of Christmas in Ecuador. Actually neither is Santa or any of our North American customs.
But because of television and movies it has become one and there is growing pressure for families to have turkey – but the conversion rate of what they make monthly means it would be like us paying $500 for a turkey.
That is why you can buy things like turkey in a can. It is still expensive because it is imported from Spain. It is only 65% turkey meat and that is frightening.
Those days in Ecuador really changed me.
And so today as you get flustered by how busy the day can be, take a moment to be thankful that you are surrounded by friends, family and a turkey that is likely 100% turkey meat.
Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas.