The Food Network has been showing past Thanksgiving-themed episodes of Chopped and the Thanksgiving hotline with some of the more luminary of the Food Network stars to answer questions. The Black Friday commercials are increasing. The shelves of the grocery stores have been featuring typical Thanksgiving ingredients for a few weeks now.
I had to choose a favorite holiday, it would be Thanksgiving. Yes,
because it's about food, but also because it's about family (however you
might choose to define "family") and friends.
past several years I've been fortunate enough to be part of a group of
friends who celebrate Thanksgiving in large, fine style. There are a
number of people who contribute to the food, bringing wines and favorite
side dishes and desserts. There are conversations in different corners
and spaces of the house. People drift from conversation to
conversation, stopping to nibble at the appetizers.
time later, people start to put dishes on the table. Soon the turkey
is carved and earnest eating of the Thanksgiving fare begins.
take some time as people talk, compliment and comment on the food, talk
about family traditions, and just enjoy the company.
There are those who need to leave early to make a dessert stop elsewhere and others who come to join the crew for dessert.
undercurrent is one of thanks. Thanks for friends, for family, for
possibilities, for options. Thanks for all that we have and that from
which we have to choose
The context of that first Thanksgiving
was to celebrate survival; to celebrate and be thankful for those
Native Americans who helped ensure that survival. It was, in some
respects, a way of paying forward.
If you are one who
is able to celebrate Thanksgiving, who will have a
table crowded with food, who will be in the people whose company you
enjoy, be thankful. And think of those who do not. Those for whom
Thanksgiving might be another seemingly meaningless day for any one of a
number of reasons. Those who may have lost much in the fury that was
Superstorm Sandy or in the circumstances of its aftermath, or in other
tragedies through which so many often struggle just to survive. And if
you have a chance to help a food pantry or a
soup kitchen, or if you can contribute to one, or if you can write a
check to Meals on Wheels or a local charitable agency or religious
organization that provides for those in need, please do so.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. -Thornton Wilder