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Giving Thanks

This is just a quick post to mark Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays.  I’m one of those people that refuses to hang up Christmas decorations or sing Christmas carols or talking about Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving because, frankly, I really hate the way the Christmas season starts right after Halloween.  I think Thanksgiving gets glossed over and squashed between two holidays that celebrate aquiring things (presents or candy) rather than the idea of giving and being thankful for what you have.

My family has had the same Thanksgiving tradition for as long as I can remember.  My brother, sister, and I watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning while eating breakfast and coloring the big Turkey in the newspaper coloring contest.  At about noon we all bundle up in the car to head to my grandparent’s house.  We always forget something and have to turn around and come home mid-way there.

When we get there we have an early Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, green bean casserole, delicious rolls, and a lot of pie.  After dinner we watch football or play cards or read, and then have another mini-dinner later that night.  It’s all very consistent and simple and I love it. 

So anyway, have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating today, and if not I hope your day goes well!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a book review or a link to a cool website that analyzes your blog using the Myers-Briggs test (I just haven’t decided which one to post yet)!

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  • Louise November 27, 2008, 10:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving over there :o) We don’t traditionally celebrate that in Denmark (of course) but the last 10 years something has happened here: For one, there are now so many shops and establishments which make a huge deal out of Halloween (in order to make money) and secondly, I see more and more places like restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners. Of course, there are American expats in DK, but I guess they will choose to celebrate in their homes. And the third moneymaking scheme is that suddenly Valentine’s Day has become a large “holiday” in Denmark as well. That is alsome something which has happened in recent years. Of course we have xmas as the large money-machine….whew….you just pushed a button there, but I’ll quit now and wish you a happy thanksgiving once again.

  • Kathy November 27, 2008, 10:47 am

    I love Thanksgiving and all of it’s meaning. We don’t decorate for Christmas until a week or two after Thanksgiving either. I hope you have a wonderful day with your family.

  • Lisa November 27, 2008, 4:22 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kim.

    We have a family Thanksgiving every other year. Odd years are with the in-laws, even years we stay home. My family lives too far away. This was an at home year, and we just finished eating. I swear I’ll never eat again.

    Or at least not til the pie comes out.

  • Michele November 27, 2008, 11:23 pm

    I hear you on the Christmas-too-early thing. Drives me nuts. I refuse to do one single Christmas thing until exactly 1 week after Thanksgiving.

    I hope it was a wonderful holiday for you this year!

  • Kim November 28, 2008, 8:23 pm

    Louise: That’s interesting, I wouldn’t have thought how American traditions are sneaking over. The one about Valentine’s day is funny.

    Kathy: Good, decorating early is one of my biggest pet peeves.

    Lisa: I didn’t think I’d eat again, but I was up this morning with teh apple pie. Good grief 🙂

    Michele: Thanks, you too!

  • Rebecca Reid November 30, 2008, 10:59 pm

    I, on the other hand, love Christmas songs and Christmas smells, and Christmas decorations. I’ll sing Christmas carols in July if I feel like it! And I don’t think I get too wrapped up in the presents thing since my husband and I don’t even really do that. I just love Christmas!

  • Kim December 1, 2008, 9:38 am

    Rebecca Reid: I’m glad you love Christmas, I do too, just not so early! But anyway, it’s after Thanksgiving now, so we all can enjoy Christmas for the rest of the year.

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