November 26, 2010
Thanks and Giving in this Brave New World
I hope everyone on this side of the globe had a fantastic Thanks Giving. For you living abroad, we in the USA still celebrate the "pilgrims" conquering or befriending the "indians" after "visiting" the "Brave New World". Of course, since no one was really there, we must infer what happened - and that is another post entirely. The warm fuzziness of this holiday involves giving thanks for all of the blessings we've been allowed to witness. Breaking bread with those we love, or friends we respect and enjoy, allows us to boast a "Thanks Giving" - a glorious holiday to behold.
Many families come together to embrace one another, turn away from old feuds and enjoy dinner that has an atypical fare. In my particular family there is a Southern flare to what we lay before those we have brought together. We always have corn bread. Turkey. "Dressing" or stuffing as it is commonly referred to. Some variation of greens - this year we had collard, mustard and turnip. Sweet potatoes (or yams). Macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, string beans and mashed potatoes. Having been raised traditionally Creole has made my being a vegan look crazy, but this year, as I have done the past five years, was happy ... I was fulfilled to eat all of the vegetables! AND OH MY, were they good.
What are some of your traditions? What did you all settle upon to eat? Who brought what? What prayer or "THANKS-giving" did you speak to each other and what was your truth.