My Thoughts On Thanksgiving 2012


 The American tradition of Thanksgiving is after all more than just an excess of food, an excess of shopping till we drop, an excess of decorations, an excess of football. It is about simple thankfulness for whatever we have.

Thanksgiving in America is part of a long tradition that goes back as far as 1607, although we commemorate the Pilgrims and 1621 most often.

We tend to forget this fact about the Pilgrims:

 “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving,”
H.U. Westermayer
Can, should we do any less?
On Thanksgiving, 2010 I wrote the following. My sentiments today are still the same today.

The other day I was in my doctor’s waiting room and I overheard a conversation. One lady said she was so looking forward to Thanksgiving, ‘America’s national holiday devoted wholly to eating.’  She was not joking. She was serious.

Gee. How naive, old-fashioned, and out of touch am I? I always kind of thought the day was a day to give thanks.

With all of the commercial hype about Thanksgiving and Christmas that, these days starts around the 4th of July, I guess it is easy to think that Thanksgiving is only about food, gluttony, decorations, and football.

Polls show that people are all stressed out about the holidays and dread being with family or the chore of cooking a holiday feast.

All this got me to thinking; always a dangerous proposition with me. But here goes anyway…..

Has Thanksgiving become too complicated?

Have we forgotten the beauty in simple pleasures?

Has Thanksgiving become too big? Do we try to do too much? Do we try for perfection? Perfect food? Perfect turkey? Perfect side dishes? Perfect desserts? The perfect table? Perfect table settings? Perfect decorations? Perfect children? Perfect families? Perfect houses?

Regulars here know I ascribe to the KISS philosophy of life ~ Keep it simple sweetheart!

Some of the very best memories I have are of times and of meals that had nothing more than some friends gathered round some simple food and just sharing, laughing, and friendship.

Why so much focus on the food and the amount of food on Thanksgiving? Why so much attention to the decorations and shopping on Thanksgiving Day?

Can’t we have just one day where we focus on friends, family, and thanks?

Isn’t simple gratitude for food and people to share it with enough?

 Am I just an anachronist? Is simple thankfulness passé, extinct, and unfashionable?  

I hope not. So here goes:

I am thankful I have a wonderful home to live in.     

I am thankful I have delicious food to eat every day.

I am thankful I am an excellent health.

I am thankful for all of my good friends and neighbors.

I am thankful I live in freedom and in the United States of America.

I am thankful to every child who read to me at the library program I volunteered for this summer. Each of them gave far, far more to me than I to them.

I am thankful for you, and all of the regular readers and visitors to More Thyme Than Dough.

I am thankful for the new friends I have met and made through More ThymeThan Dough especially my Twitter friends.

I am thankful that More Thyme Than Dough gives me a creative outlet and is just so much fun to do.

I am thankful for laughter, jokes, and email forwards from friends, even the ones I have seen and read 100,000 times.

I am thankful I can read great books and learn new ideas.

I am thankful for the sun, the moon, the stars, the clouds, the trees, animals, rivers and lakes, and all of this beautiful earth and universe.   

My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you and your loved ones can enjoy the simple moments of the season.


Quote of the Day

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo Da Vinci


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