Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gobble gobble shut up.

Happy Thanksgiving.

I guess.

I would rant about how inaccurate and commercial Thanksgiving (and all American holidays ever) has become, but I don't really have the energy right now, and I've already pissed enough people off with my Fourth of July post, so I'll just keep it to myself this time.

So Happy Thanksgiving.

Eat lots of vegetables and cranberry sauce, because turkey and stuffing are dry and not very appetizing unless you pour gravy all over them until they are no longer recognizable as their initial product and I don't really understand why they are such a big deal.

7 comments:

  1. I agree. Thanksgiving used to be one of my favorite holidays, but now it's just a bunch of bs. It's the same damn thing every year. It's just an excuse for people to be gluttonous and spend too much money. It just depresses me.

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  2. It's not about the food or whether white people actually sat down and ate with a group of Native Americans. It's about gratefulness, sharing a meal and togetherness. Many of us don't spend too much money. Many of us are not gluttonous. This holiday is best used to share our time and good fortune with those we care about. Yearly rituals like Thanksgiving have the ability to strengthen friendships and family relationships. You can view this holiday any way you choose. But why not choose to view it as an opportunity to give thanks for what you have and to give interest and kindness to those at your table?

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  3. Thanks for the feedback, Anonymous. But don't get me wrong, just because I feel this way about the holiday does not mean that I try to ruin it for everybody. I am as jovial and warm as the next person during the holidays. It would be a lie to say that I'm not pretending, but I recognize how important the holiday is to others and have no intention of spoiling the mood.

    I have a bit of a frustrating family situation when it comes to the holidays. I acknowledge that I probably seem bitter about it, but I feel mostly justified in my reasons for feeling that way.

    As far as the historical stuff goes, I'm okay with the idealized "Thanksgiving" that is promoted during the holiday season, but I think that people need to be made aware of how difficult things really were for the settlers. The meaning of "giving thanks" on thanksgiving would only be intensified by educating the public about the hardships involved in getting us to where we are today.

    It would also be easier for me to harbor good will towards the holiday if we hadn't gone on to rob the natives of their land after they aided the initial settlers in their survival.

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  4. Everyone's families are frustrating in some way. Being a grown-up is coming to terms with the best way of dealing with your own situation, then sticking to your guns about it.

    The settlers had it hard, but they're dead and couldn't care less if we acknowledge their pain. Taking a day a year to think about what we are grateful for is getting about as close as Americans can to thinking about how easy our lives are compared to the lives of others-- both past and present.

    It is not possible to educate people who have no interest in learning. Most people don't have the interest in U.S. History that you seem to. I am thankful, at least, for this day that reminds us to take stock of what we do have. It's getting to the heart of what you're after too, I think. To appreciate all that we have, is in fact, to appreciate all that has allowed us to have what we have (including the settlers.)

    And as for the natives--what's done is done. Perhaps you can think of a way to do something good for the native community at this time of year rather than reflect on the crimes of our ancestors. Cultures exterminate other cultures. It continues to happen today.

    Wishing America and Americans were different than they are is pointless. It is fine to reflect on and learn from the past, but much more significant to look toward the future, and what you can do to make a difference.

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  5. Actually...my grandpa makes really good dark meat. I had two legs. Twas very good. Although the potatos were kinda flavorless. Happy Thanksgiving anyways, and I hope you feel better. After Christmas you should be cheering up, IT GETS LIGHTER OUT!

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  6. Hahaha, no! I love the dark and the cold!

    My uncle deep fried a turkey for Thanksgiving once several years ago, and I like it a lot better that way. It was a lot more moist and had a good bit more flavor. It's a huge hassle, though, and you're left with about five gallons of disgusting oil that just has to get dumped out after the meal, so I don't blame people for just baking them most of the time.

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