Maybe I should have named this post “what I hate about the new WordPress dashboard and editor!” Today everything is different and the place I’ve been clicking to avoid the new editor is gone.
Well, anyway, tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. Here are some of the reasons I love it.
- It’s a North American, New World tradition. We don’t have many of those. Mostly, we ditched the traditions our ancestors came here with and didn’t replace them with traditions that have anything to do with the changing seasons. Most of our “holidays” are just days off work or we have replaced the traditions associated with the holiday with buying cards, candy or gifts.
- Thanksgiving is actually connected to the seasons. It comes at the end of the harvest season. It actually makes sense! I think we should have more holidays that mark the changing of the seasons. It’s been an important part of life in cultures all over the world until the past few centuries when we became so cutoff from the cycles of nature.
- There aren’t any religious connotations to feel conflicted about. I think it’s odd that so many people celebrate Christian holidays when they aren’t Christian. It’s not a bad thing but…I don’t know. It leaves me feeling conflicted. My husband grew up thinking Christmas was about Santa Claus and Easter was about the Easter Bunny. His family never went to church. So, why did they celebrate Christian holidays? Why do I now? There is none of this wondering why with Thanksgiving. Being thankful is more universal. Now, if you start thinking about how it started and what happened after, you might feel conflicted about it. I am able to keep myself at thankful. Thankfully.
- Four day weekend! Four days to sleep in and relax. It’s great in theory and for non-cooking men and children. Too bad someone has to do the cooking….
- There is time for introspection. To me, winter is the time to go inward, to be quiet and peaceful and reflect on life, the year, everything. Christmas, with all the crowds and shopping and long must-do lists that go along with it, irritates me. It goes against what I feel the season should be about. Thanksgiving is, thankfully, more peaceful. I appreciate this calm before the chaotic storm.
- The feast! On our menu this year is roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cinnamon-vanilla sweet potatoes, cranberry-pear sauce, raspberry salad, rolls, and a pumpkin pie and a berry pie, with real whipping cream, of course! All delicious things! (We’re skipping the green vegetables. No one will miss them.) This year, I’m looking forward to this feast more than ever. Since finding out I’m allergic to all the things I normally ate, I’ve been hungry. All the time. All day. Every day. I wake up hungry every morning and the feeling never really goes away. This year, I welcome the over-stuffed feeling of after Thanksgiving dinner! I’m going to top it off with pie.
- Spending time with family. We’re all home together often but everyone is always in separate rooms, attached to their devices. It takes a holiday and company – tomorrow, my mom and stepdad – to get everyone together and present for any length of time. I wish we could see everyone in the family but I will enjoy the time I have with those who are here.
Aside from the rolls and the berry pie, I am making all the foods in the list above. So, I’d better get on it! Yesterday, I didn’t get the vegan pumpkin pie or the pumpkin bread made so I have a lot to do today. Wish me luck. My track record in cooking hasn’t been so good lately. A couple of weeks ago, I made pumpkin bread and forgot to add the pumpkin. It could be an interesting dinner….