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Monday, November 25, 2013

5 Lessons from Modern Thanksgiving

Times have changed since Pilgrims first set foot on Plymouth Rock. Thanks to their fortitude and the aid of the Wampanoag Indians, not only did the Pilgrims beat a path for the rise of a nation, they and the Wampanoag set the foundation for one of America's most beloved holidays.

We gather annually to eat pie and offer gratitude for life's blessings. Inside of this gluttonous affair are a few take-home nuggets that form truths of life:

1. Pour on the gravy. Everything is better with embellishment - stories, compliments, platters of sliced meat. Don't hold back on adding interest as long as the addition is sincere and not gratuitous.

2. Domestic turkeys don't fly. Crazy, weird, rude and hungry relatives show up for Thanksgiving dinner without fail. They will never leave the coop. The only way to rid oneself of a domestic turkey is to eat it, and I feel macabre just quietly typing that crude suggestion.

3. One can of cranberry sauce feeds a crowd. In other words, enough is as good as a feast.

4. Casseroles build stamina. There's no other way to explain Thanksgiving revelers' ability to cook all morning, eat at noon, watch football the rest of the day and then shop all night.

5. Children are resilient. Throughout November, we teach kids finger plays like, "Five fat turkeys sat on a fence . . ." We show them how to trace their hand and draw a turkey. We read them books about turkeys and we put up decorations featuring turkeys with beautiful tail feathers. We elevate the bird to noble status. The children then arrive at the table on Thanksgiving Day to discover that we unceremoniously beheaded, plucked and roasted a turkey and are eager to get at its dark meat. If only the poor thing had known how to fly.

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6 comments:

Jo said...

Happy Thanksgiving Lucy. Ours was last month of course and we don't celebrate as earnestly as you do in the US.

Lucy Adams said...

Thank you, Jo. I was just reading your comment and William's from Skipping Thanksgiving. It's interesting that y'all have the impression that we go all out for our American Thanksgiving and that I have the impression that we treat Thanksgiving like a bump in the road.
I suppose it's all relative. What do Canadians do for Thanksgiving? How do you celebrate? Is it played up in schools? Does Canada have a holiday that is as earnestly celebrated as an American Thanksgiving? Now you've got me incredibly curious.

Jo said...

Well, we lived in North Carolina for 12 years and used to celebrate Thanksgiving a lot more there. As for what they do in the schools I can't answer that as I don`t have kids. I think most Canadian families have a turkey dinner and celebrate, but not as much is heard over the media here as there is from the US.

I am an imported Canadian so I guess I can`t speak for a lot of families here.

Susan Kane said...

Wild turkey cannot fly very well, but boy, can they run and blend in with the brush!
Poor domestic turkeys. Bred for deliciousness and not else.

Shelly said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

William Kendall said...

We do have it off as a holiday, but it's much more subdued than it seems to be in the US, where it's, at least to me, a religious fervour sort of thing. We do have a football game or two in the CFL that day, but not lots of games.

I actually don't really care much for turkey; the friends I spent it with, we had a roast. None of us care for the endless amount of chewing white meat.

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