People ask why we spend Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico. “Do they have turkey there?” they ask.

When we first thought of going someplace warm for a winter vacation, we would probably have gone in February during the school break. But Brooke takes teenagers to the UN during that break week, so our travel plans are already made.

Christmas break doesn’t work because churches expect their pastors to be there for the Christmas Eve service.

That left Thanksgiving. And, yes, they do have turkey. Travel is cheaper because it’s still technically hurricane season until November 30. We get off-season rates and a really fantastic Thanksgiving buffet dinner with all the stuff you’d expect. Mashed potatoes. Sweet potatoes. Stuffing. Cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie. All of it and more.

We find that we’re much more thankful to be spending the rest of the day on the beach rather than stuck in the house on a gray November day in upstate New York.

Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico. We highly recommend it.