Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
|"Yes, I told him to make a few changes. |
Now, get your ass back inside that pie shell."
NOTE: Yes, I realize Bones doesn't have a parka on.
I'm too important now to take another picture.
It’s the first in a series of year-end celebrations, the others being Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years. Okay, calendar-nerds, New Years is technically the beginning of the year, but what we’re talking about-really-is New Year’s EVE.
January 1st is just for Alka-Seltzer IV drips and watching college football until bloodshot eyes roll back into their sockets like hot coals in a snow bank.
You could make the case that Veterans Day kicks it off. But, as evidenced by the dismal ratings of the short-lived It’s the War to End All Wars, Charlie Brown special on TBS, forcing Santa Claus to wear a gas mask at the mall is really tacky. Likewise, you could say that Kwanzaa (Swahili for “A Couple of Days After Christmas”) wraps it up, but it’s the Big Three which put the Seasons in Seasons Greetings.
Unless you count Boxing Day. That'll give you four.
|"Wrong type of boxing, ya dumb palooka!"|
|"I saw that Sony Playstation first!|
As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate how special Thanksgiving is. A more sober occasion than the frenetic zaniness of the Yuletide season, families gather at Thanksgiving just for the sake of being together, not because they hope to score the latest electronic gizmo.
|"Plus, there's food."|
Gratefully, we aren’t bombarded by wall-to-wall advertisements to get your loved ones the very latest in techno wizardry (“Because,
|There is the |
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special.
Which sucked on ice.
I can't possibly be the only one
who notices the dinner table is segregated.
No, Thanksgiving is a calming prelude to the mania which paralyzes every December. It’s a time to appreciate what we’ve been given in life.
|"Like the Cowboys game on TV!!! |
IT'S NOT FAIR!!!"
As the day draws nearer, I think back to that very first day of thanks held almost four hundred years ago...
To be continued....
A Thanksgiving history lesson. As far as you know.