I have no statistical support, but I suspect that this week must be the peak of grocery store injuries. Shopping carts zip around like overloaded guided missiles, and distracted shoppers are a health hazard. There’s a Thanksgiving feast to prepare, and serious cooks have a laser-beam focus, and a faraway look in their eyes. Casual customers like me have no business being there, but it’s certainly interesting to watch.
Thanksgiving is reputedly traced back to a celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the early 1600’s, but not all historians agree. In North America, it probably started as a post-harvest celebration that’s been formalized over the past 400 years. Whatever the origin, it’s a satisfying, fun start to the winter season, and we enjoy it.
Like most people, we love the “typical” foods for Thanksgiving – turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, a green veg, and of course, pumpkin pie, but we’re also OK with alternatives. Last year, we were in Santorini, Greece for the holiday, and had a wonderful time. And our hastily concocted meal was delicious.
And if you believe the media, Thanksgiving is just the lead-up to the Main Event … Black Friday! As the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday has two identities. For some, it’s a shopping frenzy and the best time of year to snag great deals, and for others, it’s the slippery slope into the black abyss of consumerism.
According to the dictionary, a Holiday is “A day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.”
This year, relax, be thankful, and make it a holiday.
James and Terri