Giving Thanks OverseasNov. 27, 2014
Chiang Mai, ThailandDear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Vicki and I plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this year.
In past years we've celebrated in Paris, Buenos Aires, London, Penang
(Malaysia), and Chapala-Ajijic (Mexico).
One year in Buenos Aires friends asked me to go on their daily TV show, sort of "Good Morning, Buenos Aires," and talk about Thanksgiving. I went to the old Lincoln Library in Buenos Aires (this was before the Internet) and looked up "Thanksgiving" in the encyclopedia. On the TV program I explained that we celebrate on the fourth Thursday in November and that the holiday started with early settlers rejoicing at their good harvest. Settlers invited locals to join them, ate turkey, and prayed.
I've heard that some modern historians doubt this Thanksgiving story, saying the story may have been made up later. But the story sounded good on TV, and I went with it, in my best Spanish.
I then went on to explain that we still eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and that the price of turkey comes down for the holidays.
"The price comes down?" the hostess asked, incredulous. "How can that be? Here in Argentina the price would go up. Price gouging."
Finally, I went on to explain Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the world's biggest shopping day. Black Friday supposedly marks the first day of the year that retailers run in the black, making money, rather than in the red.