Happy Thanksgiving

21724086_sCenturies ago, 1621 it is believed, Pilgrims and Puritans who had come in from Europe commemorated their good harvest on a day they named Thanksgiving. Although we should find reasons every day of the year for thanksgiving, this particular holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November is a special day set aside just for that. However, the regular person nowadays honors this day for reasons other than a harvest, since we only had to traipse off to the market for our bounty. Although, today we still use the time to get together with family, and friends over a very large bird – we are all aware it is the official kick-off, if you will, of the Christmas, New Year and Chanukah season. In fact this year, Chanukah comes early indeed, as it begins this evening. But, as we bow our heads over that stuffed turkey, we are all appreciative for the provision.

Specifically, the United States, Canada, Norfolk Island in the Pacific, Puerto Rico, and Liberia observe this day, with all but Canada honoring it in November on a National level. Did you know, Liberia, offers up thanks for the freeing of the slaves in this country, the (United States)? Firstly though, we have to thank Abraham Lincoln for declaring this a National holiday, but only at the urging of one Sara J. Hale. She worked as an editor for a popular magazine at the time and hounded Mr. Lincoln with letter after letter, until he conceded. History tells us that this entire week is fraught with travel headaches for those family members trying to make it home to Mom and Dad, Grandma or Aunt Margaret’s house. Also, this time of year can, on occasion, try us with weather woes as well, and this year it began last weekend, am I right?

Isn’t it funny how our memories haunt us? From a teenager, I recall the entire family making their way to my mother’s for the annual feast, and this happened every year – it never changed. My mother began cooking certain things early in the week, and finish up by noon on that Thursday. Once I got older and married, everyone suddenly, migrated to our house in New Jersey. I believe, every other Thanksgiving we feasted at my in-laws, with my mother in attendance. However, when she returned to Virginia, hubby and I always hit the road. When we arrived here the heavy coats and long sleeves went in one direction and we, another, since the temps were always in the high fifties or sixties, at least. As we came in from the frigid north, those temps were reminiscent of a spring day. Of course, that happened only after we braved the ice, or snow-covered, and parking lot sectioned highways to get to her.

So, whether you had to fly across the country, drive from north to south, or just across town, getting together with family is a wonderful thing. Hopefully, you’re doing what we’re doing this year – going out. Yes, it is a first for us, but sometimes you need those, don’t you agree? I’d also like to wish all of my friends celebrating Chanukah a happy one as well – eight days of gifting is quite a chore. But, whatever you’re doing, have a happy, and safe one from Thursday’s Child. More next time.

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The Holidays Approacheth

Is Thanksgiving next week?  My head is spinning, because I just got up on April 30th, and hit the “public” button on my website.  At least, I thought I did.  Now, Memorial Day, 4th of July, the summer, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, and finally Veteran’s Day have all passed.  Is it age?  I remember the old folk saying to me as a young woman, just wait until you’re older, then the time really does fly.  I think when one is younger, they are so busy living and enjoying, they aren’t cognizant of time’s passage.  Of course, that’s an entirely different topic; one for another day.  As a high-ranking member of the Procrastinator’s Club, I have to say – each year I plan to do my gift shopping during the summer months and every time, there I am running around all of December trying to get it done.  Why don’t I ever learn?  But, for this upcoming holiday, I will take my two days to do some much-needed resting and allow someone else to do the cooking.

Moving on, has anyone reading this ever watched the show Love/Lust?  No, it’s not about that – it’s broadcast on The Sundance Channel, and each week they feature one other thing after which we on this planet love or lust.  The other day they discussed comfort foods.  The episode began with Mac & Cheese, then moved on to Pizza, Soul Food, Hamburgers, and finally the infamous Jewish Deli.  I said that to say, the holidays are a time when we all look for that familiar spread – each ethnicity to their own, and although some years I have stepped away from the traditional; I do find it kind of mandatory to enjoy my ethnic comforts at least once a year.  Even as I write this, I have to smile – I get giddy when I think of the Thanksgiving and Christmas eats, and depending on your nationality it could instead include Chanukah, Kwanzaa or whatever other day that’s celebrated in this time frame.  But these really are times when it’s almost obligatory to present the classic pacifiers.

However, food or not, “Tis the season” for getting together with family and friends –  making your way through some crowded airport or stuck in traffic on one or more of the many highways and byways; all to spend time with your folks.  Not to get off topic, but I just need to add a complaint.  I think every year industrialization pushes us one day – two days – one week further away from the beginning of the festivities by shoving their time clock in our faces.  I don’t know about where you live, but the local Rite-Aid by me, had December 25th items in the store the week of Halloween.  Someone left a joke on Facebook of a turkey screaming at Santa – “Okay, Fat Boy, get back in your sleigh and wait your turn,” (something to that effect).  Although, somewhat crude, I found it right on time, and a turkey after my own heart.  Over the years, statistics have proven that this approaching celebration is the busiest of all, since at Christmas most people are home with their children.  So, right now take a deep breath, slow down, enjoy the scenery, and let’s operate on our own time clocks.  Now, although it’s a whole week away – have a happy.

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