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  •  One of the nice things about Thanksgiving, and (8+ / 0-)

    one of the reasons why it is my favorite holiday also, is that it does not have to be religious. Other than the meal blessing (which is usually longer than I like but certainly shorter than a High Mass), you can pretty much eat food and watch football and visit with people without once mentioning God.

    Last Thanksgiving was the first one we had gone to in a while, probably because it is not the best time of the year to travel (we haz snowz!) and because it is not a spur of the moment holiday. For example, our kennel has to be booked at least 6 months in advance.

    The food is not just "food" ... it is childhood memories food, the same food dishes that have been in our family forever and that go back to Thanksgivings at my grandmother's house.

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    by JanF on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:21:29 PM PST

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      The food is not just "food" ... it is childhood memories food, the same food dishes that have been in our family forever and that go back to Thanksgivings at my grandmother's house.
      That, in a nutshell, is what it's about for me too. The comfortable familiarity of tradition and the link to home and family. New dishes have been gradually added, while others are no longer made. Cornbread stuffing made from scratch, and stuffed inside the bird, for example. I asked my mom once why she doesn't make it anymore, she said nobody eats it. I do, though. Sad.  We also used to have, I guess I'll call it stuffed celery. Basically a mixture of cream cheese and chopped walnuts on celery sticks and topped with maraschino cherries, served as an appetizer.  Don't know why that was discontinued. No one likes celery, I guess.

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      by raina on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:08:57 PM PST

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    •  That's it, JanF. (8+ / 0-)

      Childhood memories of food and no (at least not much) mention of God. I'm lucky, I guess - our blessings were and are always short and to the point. I don't mind them at all (I might if they went on a long time!); they're part of that childhood memory.

      Also no gifts, unless you think (as I do) that preparing a meal to share is a gift.

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