November 25, 2009
Thanksgiving is Tomorrow!
Are you ready for Thanksgiving (I refuse to call it “Turkey Day.” That’s too cutesy)?? I sure am. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this day and break to get here.
I was looking around for typical American Thanksgiving traditions, and I think about.com had the best list of the five most popular goings-on for the big day. I’ve taken their list but will give my own personal anecdotes instead of their generic descriptions.
Well duh. It’s not Thanksgiving without a turkey, right? (If you’re vegetarian, I’m not apologizing; just imagine “tofurkey” in place of “turkey” and we’ll call it even.) I know everyone says their mom’s (or dad’s or grandma’s blah blah) meal is the best, but really, they all suck compared to my mom’s. It’s true. The turkey always comes out perfect and brown and delicious. Some people have ham, I think, but of course if you make that, you run the risk of getting hit in the face. (Sorry, Paula. I think you’re great but that’s just too good.)
About.com says “Time Out for the Pigskin.” Again, that’s too cutesy for me.
Of course, growing up my family was always a 49ers family, so we didn’t usually watch the football games (since, traditionally, the Cowboys always play on Thanksgiving day to a team they will most likely defeat). Back when both teams were great, it was hard to watch your rival win on a national holiday, you know? But now that the Cowboys aren’t even playing the Niners at all this year, I can safely say that the game will probably, maybe, perchance be on in the background while we’re cooking. That counts, right? (However, I’m still going to be writing a little something for the game tomorrow…just FYI!)
3. Thanksgiving Parade
The Thanksgiving Parade is one thing that I recognize from many years past. The Macy’s Parade was first held in 1924 and has been an annual treat every year since. Balloons, floats, bright colors, singers, dancers, and a lot more can be seen for several hours as participants march around New York City. I can’t even imagine how cold it must be for them. We always have the parade on but let’s be honest: we only pay close attention when someone interesting (or good looking) comes on the screen.
4. “Making a Wish”
This tradition is pretty unfamiliar to me. I get the concept—two people snapping the fowl bone in half, and whoever has the bigger part of the bone will enjoy a wish-come-true—but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I assume the bone is clean, but why does everything have to be so violent? When you hear the turkey’s bone crack, don’t you cringe at the thought of your own bone cracking like that? Is that just me…?
5. Giving Thanks
This is a huge tradition for a lot of families. If you watched this week’s “Dexter” you might not be doing this activity this year…but for the rest of you, it is probably something that has been around your family for generations. I remember how annoyed my sisters and I would get when this activity would start. There were often a lot of people and certain people (who will remain nameless) dubbed themselves as the designated reader of all the little cards with people’s “thanksgivings” written on them. The best one I can think of is when someone just drew a picture of a turkey. Good times.
What are your traditions? Tell us on Facebook! Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am