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December 18, 2008


My only excuse for posting on Thanksgiving in the middle of December is that I suck at this blog thing – the requirements of real-time posting are just too much for me to handle. Also, I was sick for the week following (unrelated to the food, I think).

We were fortunate to have my parents in town, which made for a real homestyle celebration, and the addition of a second oven to the mix made the prep time more bearable. I never really rated Thanksgiving very highly in my personal holiday rankings, what with the dubious Pilgrim mythology and all, but there is something to be said for making time to eat a good meal with family – a rare commodity in our time.

As we sat down to eat, went around the table and had everyone state what they were thankful for. It was an exercise that deserved a second round and a little deeper thought than we gave it. Most of what came out of it were platitudes such as “thankful to have a job in a weakening economy” and “thankful to have the whole family together”. Maybe these had some currency too, but it would have been nice to go a bit further and consider what we are really thankful for. It’s connecting with our holidays on a more personal level that rescues them from becoming pointless drivel in the minds of our cultural critics.

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