Happy Thanksgiving

On a holiday which is supposed to be about taking time to appreciate what you have, and giving thanks for all the good things which have come your way– though this is not how the holiday started*– I would like to say Thank You to all of my readers. Whether you’re American (in which case, Happy Thanksgiving) or not (for you, I say have a beautiful day) I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. It makes me feel important.

I am also going to say thank you in the general sense to all the authors who have written books I have appreciated, and those I have not. Without bad books, you cannot appreciate the good ones, and were I not to have some good books, I might be crazy by now, so thank you.

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* I am carefully resisting the urge to rant and rave about the massacre of Native Americans, the celebration of gluttony which the holiday has become, or any of the other “ugly” sides. However, if you’d like to discuss it, please comment. I’m always interested in other people’s opinions about this particular holiday.

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3 responses to “Happy Thanksgiving

  1. Ela

    Here in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving, but I was wondering if Thanksgiving coming first means that a US Christmas is not such a festival of overindulgence in comparison to ours?

    Anyway, I hope you’ve had a nice holiday!

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    • It was lovely, and involved a gathering of my crazy family and the consumption of much food and wine.

      I’m not sure about UK Christmas… but I can say that American Christmas is equally as indulgent as Thanksgiving, but in a slightly different way. Where Thanksgiving is supposedly about family, and thankfulness (but is really about food, then family/friends), Christmas is about family, and presents (but is really about getting gifts). There are Christmas dinners, but they tend to be a bit less overwhelming, because after dinner, or perhaps on Christmas morning, there are gifts to be had.

      Both of them tend to be about family for me; Thanksgiving was spent in a park, enjoying far too much wine and beer, and a bit too much food, with my entire extended family of cousins and distant relations and friends of said relations, and even an Australian who wandered by and looked intrigued enough that he was invited to eat, too. (Which is a slightly different circumstance than the French tourists who had dinner with us the year before).

      Christmas is spent with my father’s side of the family, eating crab for dinner, then opening gifts in my grandmother’s living room. It’s a lot of fun.

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving!

    (My feelings are mixed about the holiday and its history and what people make of it. It’s based on a brief moment of accord, and that’s great, but it’s a moment. In the long haul, that’s not the story.)

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