Why I love Thanksgiving!
To really understand and appreciate Thanksgiving, I first have to compare it to its Irish twin, Christmas. Let’s start with the fact that there is an entire industry dedicated to Christmas excess : Not only can you buy enough lights to illuminate Alcatraz; you can hire a professional to hang them for a full on yuletide effect. People say that loneliness is at the root of the holiday-season blues, but I wonder if feelings of inadequacy aren’t the real culprit. Even if you have somebody special in you life, is it really a “December to Remember” if you can’t afford to park a new car – adorned with a red bow of course- in his or her driveway?
Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, conjures up no such feelings. There are no gifts to worry about giving. There are no slew of parties that beckon your attendance and no competition on who can throw the best one. There’s are no demands to engage in forced jollity, with pressure to drink more or carouse later. Thank heavens that no one spends time worrying about costumes such as dressing up as naughty Santa, let alone making them alluring. This is a good thing because the idea of slutty because it’s Thanksgiving” seems downright dreadful. Another plus is that you can completely forgo the ugly Christmas sweater.
Thanksgiving, like any good holiday should have some clear guidelines. It should be inclusive. It should be genuine. It should have meaning that everyone understands – but one that is flexible enough for anyone to appreciate. And it needs to have basic planning and organizing.
I particularly like the fact that at a time of suspicion, it celebrates the original immigrants. On the fourth Thursday in November, you can thank the almighty, thank your friends or thank you lucky stars – it’s all-good. It can be very traditional if you want, but it doesn’t have to be. One of my most memorable Thanksgivings was a luau in Hawaii that ended with all of us dancing to Michael Jackson, before jumping in the ocean for an evening swim.
So put aside your griping about having to listen to Christmas music in department stores or watching all the Christmas decorations go up way before Thanksgiving. There’s still something to be grateful for: Thanksgiving is coming.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, Gobble