It’s finally here, Thanksgiving! The definition of “Thanksgiving” in the standard dictionary is “The expression of gratitude, especially to God. In North America an annual national holiday marked by religious observances, and a traditional meal including turkey.”
The main character on this day of celebration is of course “Tom”. It’s an urban myth that Ben Franklin named turkeys’ “Toms” after Thomas Jefferson due to both being “tomcats”. On Thanksgiving day, the moist turkey is anticipated by the carnivores, the green bean casserole desired by the herbivores, and a mix of all the delicious family recipes will be made for the omnivores. Whatever your “vore” delights in, you can be certain that it has or will be served at each of the “Thanksgivings” listed below.
Thanksgiving #1: To celebrate in remembrance of the “First Thanksgiving, ‘which has been portrayed as a friendly harvest celebration where Pilgrims and Native American Indians came together to eat and give thanks. But, in the decades that followed the “First Thanksgiving” as a national story was incomplete and inaccurate. The complexity was reinforced by holiday marketing, media, literature, and school curriculums thus dividing races with personal beliefs. Then, in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared a national holiday of “Thanksgiving” in November to celebrate gratitude and unity amidst the turmoil of the Civil War. If a debate about the Pilgrims and Native Americans should occur at your Thanksgiving it’s probably best to side with Old Abe.
Thanksgiving #2: Considered a day for food, football, and yes…family discord. All it takes is a look, complaint, or snide comment to set forth in motion a conflict the family knows all too well. Resentments and disappointments can be carried from generation to generation and are reactivated when everyone is together. So, we put on a happy face until the pain or anger finds the moment to rear its ugly head…and it will. So, prepare yourself for who you know your family to be and not who you hope they will be. Set your expectations accordingly.
Thanksgiving #3: An unwritten “Thanksgiving”. Being thankful, in one’s heart for what means the most to you. When spending the day with family and friends these well-known activities can make this day of “Thanksgiving” possibly the best one yet! Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, share what you’re most thankful for, eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal, break the wishbone for good luck, take a nap, or watch an American football game.
Whatever you decide to do on this “Thanksgiving” day just remember to be grateful and thankful you are alive and are given new chances, everyday, to be who and what others are thankful for.
The Bristlecone Tribune wishes everyone reading this a blessed day.