Kevin Salwen on Culture
I love Thanksgiving. For me, it has always represented a time to get together with family (yes, I know that has its moments) and friends. The meal is the tradition in itself. In our house, everyone at the table is asked to talk about things they are thankful for, and it ranges from embarrassed teens throwing off one-liners ('I'm thankful for my flipflops') to small kids talking about their dogs to adults being more spiritual. There are always surprises, and it can be very touching and funny.
I love that Thanksgiving is a holiday unencumbered by gift-giving, which can become the centerpiece of birthdays or Christmas or Hanukkah. At Thanksgiving, you're there for, well, Thanksgiving. The dinner is prepared with care, often in groups. While the turkey is cooking, we often play a ragged touch football game in the backyard with a rubber football we've dredged out of a garage. My sister Val always insists on playing quarterback.
(My only regret is that Thanksgiving increasingly seems to be a brief break in the Christmas selling season, which now begins on November 1 and blares at us for two full months.)
I'll take solace in this four-day break of turkey and family. I'll lap up the tradition. I'll intercept a pass from my sister. And I'll be thankful for many many blessings. I hope you are too.