Sam and Dave put out a song in 1968 simply titled "I Thank You" and the lyrics remind us of a person, in this case a woman, who didn't have to do any of the things she did, but she did. So this Thanksgiving, the first thanks has to go to the people who made the dinner. Usually, in most families this means Mom or Grandma, but sometimes Grandma can get a little too weak to do it all by herself like she used to, so a second thanks goes to those who help and also help to clean up all the dishes afterwards.
Thanksgiving, along with other occasions when the family gets together can be a stressful time. But it doesn't have to be. Usually there's one or two people in any gathering that seem to be able to break the ice and loosen up the mood a bit. Usually those people are the fun-loving and more relaxed people that are in your family, but you don't get to see very often. Sometimes board games or video games or movies that the whole family can watch are needed to relieve the tension or boredom of the gathering. Sometimes the people you need are named Johnny Walker or Ron de Cuba and they've been waiting in your cupboard for just this occasion. This year, however, we can listen to that other family, namely Sly and the Family Stone and be thankful for our families falletin us be ours elves again.
And this would be the perfect time to discuss why the U.S. and Canadian thanksgiving are on different days. The reasons is simple. While both are based on the idea of a feast celebrating the harvest, the U.S. Thanksgiving is actually linked to a specific historical feast that involved the pilgrims at the Plymouth Plantation and the tribal natives that dates back to 1621, while the Canadian thanksgiving is based on celebratory feasts of the 'Order of Good Cheer' of French settlers who came to Canada with the explorer Samuel de Champlain in the early 17th century. The traditional foods of Turkey, squash and cranberries are believed to have been adopted throughout the celebrating regions since the American Revolution with the help of Loyalists that fled the U.S. to Canada.
And finally, I have to thank YOU!! Yes, those of you who read this blog, surprisingly have run up over two thousand and one hundred hits to a blog that I've only been keeping up bi-weekly-ish for about six months. Despite morbid, overly-complicated and sometimes off-colour and uncomfortable topics, someone out there keeps coming back for more and not all of those people are NSA agents, though I'm sure some are (Gee! Had I known i would have bombed under the pressure!)
Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!!