Skip to main content

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving


As Thanksgiving draws near, we are very much aware of the arrangements that must be made for the celebration. Grocery shopping, guests to be invited, travel arrangements to be confirmed, calculations on the cooking of the bird. For most of us the machinery of Thanksgiving has already been set into motion, and in just a few days we will sit down to share a Thanksgiving supper. But what is the inner meaning of this holiday? What is the fitting symbol of Thanksgiving?

As visitor to America from outer space in late November might conclude that we worship the turkey goddess. So what is the deeper meaning of this holiday?

With the passing of my Aunt Carol and the memories of my grandmother present, I have decided to explain the true meaning of Thanksgiving as I have to my children. Now, I am not talking about the pilgrims and the Indians, but instead a day where we can unconditionally be thankful and just that. This is the day where no expectations of gifts are cast and people are just so dang thankful that you came over to their house that they make you a giant feast. Nobody’s feelings are hurt because you only spent $10 on a present instead of $50, couldn’t get a hold of the ZuZu pet, didn’t pick up a present from an in-law, etc. Instead a calm demeanor is present as bellies are full and people are sleepy while visions of peacan pie and mashed potatoes jump through their heads. Plays are presented to the family without the “oh so ever” fight of who gets to play Mary and Joseph… nobody cares if you are a pilgrim or an Indian, heck be a turkey. Truly, thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction and is a time, once a year that we can say we are thankful for something whether it be the job your husband just got or the magical resurrection of the XBOX 360 from the red ring of death. Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday that not only fills our bellies, but our hearts.

So I found some great thanksgiving quotes from people who just seem to explain how to be thankful for something just oh so much better than me.

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.
--Irv Kupcinet

Thanksgiving 8000 calorie poem

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off your thighs!
-Unknown

The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts … nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
--H. W. Westermayer

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
--Erma Bombeck

Thanksgiving, man! Not a good day to be my pants.
--Kevin James

Comments

Carrie said…
Amen to that! WE feel the exact same way! T giving has ALWAYS been our fam favorite, especially my hubby's!
You alwasy word things so perfectly! Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Popular posts from this blog

Hair Callick or Cowlick

THIS IS BY FAR MY MOST POPULAR POST... WILL YOU PLEASE CLICK THE BUTTON TO THE RIGHT AND FOLLOW ME WHILE YOU ARE VISITING?!

SO a dear friend and I were talking (who will remain nameless, but anybody have to say focaccia?) and I was telling her how Audrey could NEVER have bangs because she has this horrible "Cow Lick". This woman, who is still anonymous, starts laughing at me and says it is "Callick". I was like "no" it is "cowlick"so I called my dad and he reconfirmed her grammar. Being TOTALLY embarrassed (as I usually am when I misspronounce a word... what was that last one? Oh yeah, I thought it was kick in the "grown", but it is "groin"), so I didn't question her. I also then went home and told the story to my husband who agreed with her and laughed at me. I then decided the proper thing to do was to google it and this is where I AM RIGHT! Here you go, all those callick lovers...

The term you want is actually “cowlick”,…

Recipes

I am posting some of my classic recipe copy cats that I have improved and worked on...

Tito's Taco Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:

8 roma tomatoes
1.5 small pickled jalapenos
One pickled carrot from the jalapeno can
One thin slice of white onion
Juice from 1/4 lime
about a tsp of salt
ten or so dashes of pepper (too much overpowers the other flavors)

I use my chop wizard and chop it all up into very small squares... then the secret is that you have to let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours.

Shredded Beef for Burritos

Ingredients:

2 pounds roast beef
3 cans Coke (NOT diet, big suprise)
1/4 c. brown sugar
dash garlic salt
1/4 c. water
1 can sliced green chilies
3/4 can RED enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso brand, medium spiciness)
1 c. brown sugar

Throw it all in the crock potfor about 4 to 6 hours

CILANTRO-LIME RICE

Ingredients:

1 c. uncooked rice
1 tsp. butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 …

5 Lies that Nerium Doesn't Tell you about The Brand Partners

Yes, it is true. I have fallen in love with something else besides my kids, my husband, taco bell, and Disneyland. It is called Nerium and is the most amazing wrinkle magician in a box which I have ever had the pleasure of coming into contact with in my 30's. I tried it for 5 days and I knew with every fiber of my being that I needed this cream as much as it needed me. When I went into the bathroom each evening to dampen my face and apply 4-5 pumps I was like that of a weary housewife seeing a Diet Coke first thing in the morning. I haven't felt this way about something since being able to stay up to midnight for the pre-taped ball drop in Time Square with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (B.S. – Before Seacrest).

So when I found this Nerium, I face-booked and Instagrammed. I then got my Twitter account up and running because I had to shout from the roof top that THIS simple antidote  for those lines brought on by my children conundrums and the bags brought on by wandering …