Maybe I’m being selfish, but hear me out. I thought it’d be a time to relax during Thanksgiving week, hang out with my family and eat my body weight in turkey. I was wrong. My grandmother immediately asked me to take candid photos of everyone throughout the night, since I’m the designated photographer of the family.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that I really enjoy. The problem with this holiday is that it is often overlooked and its importance seems to be diminishing little by little.
I once attended a church that skipped the sermon the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Instead, everyone was asked to bring in one item that represented what he or she was thankful for that year. Each person would bring the item up to the alter, explain what it meant to them, and why they were thankful for it.
Thanksgiving Day became a fixture on the late-November calendar about the same time that football was taking hold of the American sports imagination. So it was probably inevitable that the two would become inextricably linked.
If you ever have the delightful opportunity to visit the sixth level of hell, you'll find that it's populated by large sentient globs of tofurkey, the most evil food on the Earth. What? Do I hear a chorus of vegans sobbing in the distance at the mere mention of this most sacred meat substitute?
Being the epicenter for my extended family’s Thanksgiving celebrations over three decades has brought about a few challenges that I’ll always remember and definitely keep in the history books. Surprisingly, there’s really just three such fabled tales to tell –thus far.
Nothing, I mean absolutely nothing, is more popular in my home state of Alabama than college football. And yes, that includes all major holidays. College football in Alabama, I dare say, is pretty much bigger than Christmas. That being said, when a holiday coincides in some way with a major football game, it's a win-win for everyone.
I've never been a fan of Thanksgiving. Sure the “idea” was not lost on me to any great extent, but the problem is that I was raised knowing not only the American history and leaving it there. No, I was raised with the UK history as well, never content for half histories. And to be honest? The whole pilgrim thing?
We are all human and have made many mistakes in our lifetimes. Every mistake—small or large—has the potential to result in catastrophic consequences. Recently, a young woman in Dallas exited a small private plane and inadvertently stepped into a spinning propeller. This was a small mistake in that she was preoccupied and for just a microsecond her attention wandered.
Buying a turkey for Thanksgiving is typically a tradition. However, what you may not realize is you can break the tradition of heading to the local grocery store and head to the local farm instead. Here are some of the reasons to buy a farm fresh turkey instead of buying one frozen at the grocery store.
I am not equipped to discuss Thanksgiving meal ideas, cooking tips and so forth. There are many other talented writers who can expound upon such things here and elsewhere. However, I am equipped to expound upon this theme: how Thanksgiving should be Thanksgiving and not another hum-drum day on the calendar like it is at risk of becoming.
For the last decade or so, Thanksgiving has a been a chaotic holiday, filled with people (supposedly all family) from all over. Last year, I sat at the dinner table with at least 25 of my husband's relatives that I never even knew existed. I've always been a bit of a recluse, so I'm not a fan of huge family affairs.
Finding out that the First Thanksgiving we learned about in grade school was a load of crap was worse than learning that there’s no Santa Clause. So even though I’m all about being grateful for what I’ve got, Thanksgiving and I just aren’t simpatico. Just in case the same goes for you—for whatever reason—here’s a list of ten other things you can do on Thanksgiving Day.
It is time to give thanks. It is time to be thankful of what you have, for your health and for your family. The trouble is that no matter how much you love your family, they get on your nerves. What can you do to keep from strangling those testy family members and keep them from ruining your Thanksgiving holiday?
It's all the fun of a major holiday, without the stress of gift giving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that revolves around one huge meal. It's hard to go wrong with that.
Yes, life is tough. There is a lot of stress in our lives. We have bills. We have family problems. We may even have health problems. But chances are if we take the time to access our life, we would see that we have it lucky. This is why many people are choosing to give back on or around their Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some ways in which you can help, too.
Many people will forgo the idea of decorating for Thanksgiving since it is so close to Christmas. They will also forgo the idea because they have so many things to do. However, they can do some simple things to make the holiday more of a festivity. Here are some simple tips they can incorporate into their plans.
First, they can dress up their dining table. They can simply do this by dragging out those special plates, glasses and tablecloths that they save for special occasions. Afterall, Thanksgiving is a special occasion.
Next, they can actually add a centerpiece to their table. They can do this by placing a nice fall boutique of flowers to the center, adding a fall theme candle to the center or adding a basket filled with painted pinecones to it.