Thursday, November 28, 2013

New Meaning of Thanksgiving for the Alive Again




Like my cohort of the over-educated, social activist sect in the East Bay (snicker), I shun Thanksgiving -- or at least the trite ahistorical Pilgrims and Natives having a feast variation. However, that said, I do appreciate the days off and tradition of gathering with family and friends to out cook each other. This year we plan on having little feasts with folks instead of one big one. I am especially looking forward to the very non-immigrant act of making apple pie from scratch with my 4 and 2 year olds. They like "helping" mommy in the kitchen. 

The best tradition of all is giving thanks. But, even that, like Valentine's Day, has turned into a consumerist nightmare that basically says, treat your partner well one day out of the year. Thanksgiving too has become an annual occurrence that means giving thanks for the good things we have in our lives instead of bitching about what we lack and want to have, then hypocritically rushing off to the pre-Black Friday sales.