The Norman Transcript


November 21, 2013

What are you thankful for?

NORMAN — In our increasingly egocentric society, a number of people expect and demand things they may not deserve and have not earned. Since complaints fall trippingly off their tongues and gratitude is in short supply, why do they celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving used to commemorate the Pilgrims and American Indians enjoying a three-day feast celebrating the first harvest. To keep that spirit alive, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a national holiday stating that this day is for “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

In light of the societal attitude shift, what are the telltale signs heralding the approach of Thanksgiving Day?

Is it the mountains of turkeys with serious chest enhancement which appear in the grocery stores? Or, perhaps the ubiquitous displays of marshmallows, canned sweet potatoes and canned pumpkins? We must not forget the canned cranberries which retain the shape and ridges of the can even after removal from said can. Do they retain their shape as they travel through our bodies? Just a thought.

What is the significance of Thanksgiving Day for the economy?

The airline industry is salivating with visions of extra luggage fees dancing in their heads. Along with hopes of selling cardboard meals of greasy, unhealthy stuff guaranteed to hasten the clogging of your arteries.

Service stations as well as rest stops, such as Buc-ees, Stuckey’s and other “more than just a gas station” establishments benefit as well, offering gas, drinks, munchies and souvenirs.

What is the significance of Thanksgiving Day for the average person today?

For many people, the once revered holiday’s major allure is having a day or two off from work. Then there is the willingness of people to travel long distances for a meal reminiscent of a Roman orgy (also known as a gorgy), which may include fingers down the throat to make room for more food.

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