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November 20, 2012

Let’s give Thanksgiving a lick or two

NORMAN — Why do we reserve all of our holiday rage for Christmas and let Thanksgiving slide by without a scrape? Christmas is too commercial. It’s too busy.  It’s all about presents under a tree. And who has a problem with that? It’s the adults, of course. Have you ever heard a kid complain about Christmas? With all of the adults grumping about Christmas, it’s no wonder that it’s such a dismal season for so many.

If you ask me (and you’re thinking, “But, I didn’t ask”), I think it’s time that we tie Thanksgiving to a post and give it a good flogging. Talk about your holidays gone wrong.

For starters, we flunked American history if we think that the pilgrims and Indians gathered around a holiday table to pound down a shared feast. How is it that we imagine that the Native Americans were feeling festive about the arrival of Europeans who brought with them, among other things, diseases that decimated the native peoples? But, I’ve flunked enough history tests in my time, so let’s move right along.

Let’s talk menu. Turkey cooked until it was drier than last year’s corn shucks? With all due respect to Grandma, buy a meat thermometer. Gravy made with random bits of turkey parts which should be tossed down the garbage disposal? Not on my cornbread dressing, thank you very much. Pies made from gourds that are best used to carve up into scary sights at Halloween? Pass the apple pie, please!

How is it that we righteously complain about Christmas excess as we gorge ourselves with Thanksgiving grub? Am I missing something here?

Am I getting too grouchy here? But, I’m just getting warmed up.

If you look up “all about me” in the dictionary, you will find Thanksgiving’s picture beside the definition. I’m thankful because I have a great family, live in a nice home, pastor a wonderful church, have good health (OK, my doctors don’t read my blog), have the best friends, and on and on it goes.

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