As expats bow their heads today, they can be thankful that they are not in Denver where the temperature is around 35 degrees F. This suggests one of the big reasons why life here is good.
Expats are among the first to voice complaints. The gasoline is too high. The roads are rotten. Whiskey is twice the Stateside price.
Perhaps Thanksgiving is a time to consider some of the favorable aspects of Costa Rican life.
The temperature and weather always seem like the season is spring, and there are no hurricanes.
Fresh vegetables are available all year round. And flowers, too.
At this Día de Acción de Gracias, the winds are driving the rains way for at least four months.
Even though Costa Rica is in the tropics, the bugs are few, at least in the Central Valley and many homes do not need screens.
Expats can drink the water in almost every part of the country where the state company is the provider. And water and other utilities are cheap. So is transportation and those price-controlled staples at the supermarket.
And how about the coffee?
For shoppers, the U.S. mass marketers finally have arrived, as have U.S. beers. In fact, the living conditions have improved dramatically since the time of the dial-up Internet.
The list can go on and one. No winter fuel bills. No winter clothing bills. Fresh bread. Ice cream from La Pops. Oranges and mangos in the backyard.
And perhaps best of all, Christmas is just a few weeks away, and if Costa Ricans know anything, it is how to celebrate the holidays.
Pass una piña de tamales, please.