Day 27's topic is Thanksgiving Dinner. I picked today to publish it because it is happening in one month's time. November 27th is a Thursday, so you'd better have your ducks in a row...er...turkeys.
I have written about Thanksgiving a couple times before. I won't link you to them, you can search if you want, I don't remember there being anything particularly poignant about them.
Here's what you should know about Thanksgiving:
1) I don't like it.
2) I don't really like turkey all that much
3) I don't like stuffing that much
4) I don't like my food to touch
5) I don't really care for pumpkin pie
6) I don't like being asked to share my feelings on demand
So what Thanksgiving is...and what it's meant to be are two different things. What it IS is a celebration of gluttony. I sound kind of jaded, but I mean at the heart of it, most grown ups are not really spending a lot of time focusing on "giving thanks", they're more focused on "eating a lot of food".
And I want to address number 6 above briefly before moving on..."I don't like being asked to share what I'm thankful for with a lot of people on command." It makes me extremely uncomfortable. So when people are actually observing Thanksgiving more in a manner that keeps with the original intention? I don't like that any better. Maybe even less.
So back to rest of the list...Turkey is mandatory, and everyone oohs and ahhhs over turkey, but essentially it's a glorified chicken. And since I don't like stuffing, and mashed potatoes are soso...and I don't do gravy because...issues...and because I don't like the way the red juice of the cranberry sauce seeps into the edges of the mashed potatoes and the stuffing, staining it red and giving it cranberry-like tastes...I don't like thanksgiving dinner. And I eat it every year. And it is good...but it's not so good that I'd make it the centerpiece of a damned holiday and virtually require people to eat it and enjoy it. No. Not that good at all.
I like that there's football. So I like that it gives me something else to focus on besides the turkey. But I'd skip probably Thanksgiving every year if tradition/family allowed. But they won't.