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Just Being Honest Here:
While I like Thanksgiving as much as the next person, what with all the comfort food, the various parades and football games on TV, and being thankful for all the blessings that I have,
Which I am very thankful of and always will be, don’t get me wrong,
Thanksgiving Day – one of the three days out of 365, along with Christmas and Easter, that the homeless and others down on their luck are guaranteed a full meal, by the way – has never really given me the same exact type of warm, fuzzy feelings that Christmas Day has.
As much as anything else, it’s been a welcome four days off from the routines of school as a kid and work as an adult.
The fact that for the Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning, has influenced these opinions as while if not for Squanto, Samoset, Massasoit, and the rest of that Wampanoag tribe from New England, Thanksgiving Day would not exist, has contributed to my feelings about this holiday that Abraham Lincoln officially designated as such in 1863.
It was particularly Squanto who saved those Pilgrims from dying at Plymouth Rock by teaching them how to fish, plant corn and hunt turkey after half of that Plymouth colony died off in the winter of 1620-21.
And what did those Native Americans got for their kindness and generosity?
Let’s put it like this…
While plenty of folks can claim ancestry from the Mayflower, there are absolutely no descendants of Samoset and the rest of the Wampanoags.
In other words, that tribe was completely wiped out, the Pilgrims eventually showing that those Wampanoags were no friends of theirs.
Linus telling Charlie Brown and the rest of his friends about the significance of Thanksgiving. Image courtesy of disneyabcpress.com
As for personal memories,
My three main Thanksgiving memories as a kid were:
1. Watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”,
2. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade, where they would broadcast different parades from across America; I especially remember them showing a parade from Hawaii that I thought was cool.
3. Watching the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving morning as a high school and college kid, and a few years after that.
And I wasn’t , nor am I now, a Lions fan; it was just something to do for a young guy who liked football, I guess.
As far as watching the parades, I stopped watching Macy’s, or any other parades on TV, years ago; the only parade that holds any interest from me is the Tournament of Roses Parade from Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
In fact, I think the “Up With People”-like presentations that dominate the Macy’s telecasts are lame and unwatchable.
And in my view, you can only see giant Underdog balloons so many times before they get old.
And as for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving…
While it has its merits,
And while it was one of my favorite things to watch as a youngster, particularly during my elementary school years as it premiered in 1973 (I was in the first grade),
It doesn’t hold as much appeal to me as its Christmas counterpart does as a middle-aged guy. And I’ve felt that way for most of my adulthood.
I still watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as Peanuts will always be the greatest comic strip of all time in my book, but I can’t help feeling that Charles Schultz sort of mailed it in compared to A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
I mean, Peppermint Patty was just being rude to just invite herself and her friends Marcie and Franklin to Charlie Brown’s house, not even caring that that round-headed kid and his family weren’t going to be home.
And it would have been all I could do to avoid smacking her, grabbing her by the scruff of the neck and throwing her out of the house when she complained about the spur of the moment meal of popcorn, pretzels, toast, and jelly beans that Charlie, Snoopy and Linus put out, as she expected them to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and the works.
I think you can see why I don’t get the nostalgic, “Greatest Animated Feature of All Time” feeling over A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” the way I do over “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
I can’t write a post about Thanksgiving without including a picture of people preparing dinner for the homeless, as these folks are doing in Boston. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com
Speaking of turkey…
Because of my gout condition and the fact that turkey has the purines, which turns to uric acid, which causes the extreme pain in my foot area,
I haven’t eaten that delicacy in nearly seven years, opting for roast chicken, which has fewer purines.
So I can’t even partake in the food that makes Thanksgiving the national holiday that it is.
But that’s OK; chicken is a good substitute.
And of course I eat plenty of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the other dishes that are so part of this holiday.
As such, I’ll do some relaxing and vegetating tomorrow, like I pretty much have done on this day.
And oh, before I forget…
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