We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Wednesday, November 23. 2011
Why is American Thanksgiving about food?
It would be more fun if it were giving thanks for sex, or the intertunnels, or freedom from government "help" and control, or something. However, survival comes first, and God has provided us all with his fruits.
Did the Pilgrims get the idea from Sukkot? Who knows. People have given thanks to God or gods since the beginning of time. What did the Pilgrims have for their Thanksgiving feast? Clams, Cod, corn meal, eels, turkey, vension, ducks. All organic! It went on for a few days, with plenty of Indians visiting with game meat in hand (the sturdy few who had not died off due to European diseases introduced by earlier explorers).
Here's advice: Remedial Thanksgiving: Just Put the F*cking Turkey in the Oven.
From the WSJ's The Desolate Wilderness - A chronicle of the Pilgrims' arrival at Plymouth, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton.
Bad luck. They were headed for the cozy Dutch village of New Amsterdam, and ended up in rugged Cape Cod due to bad weather and imperfect navigation. Decided to stay anyway, trusting God. "Occupy Plymouth!" They tried out a Christian commune, but it didn't work so they switched to free markets and private property. The investors got a successful colony, the Pilgrims got religious freedom and real estate, and the rest is history.
My pics from a BD family TG groaning board a few years ago. The oven turkey was on another table. We always have Indian Pudding too, but I guess it didn't make this photo op (we always use fresh Indians from Costco).
Note pup banished outdoors, drooling at the door. Two pups, this year. Maybe three. Thanks to God for all the dogs!
Unlike we modern whining Americans among whom none go hungry or cold, the Pilgrims saw reason for thanks despite their hardships - half their number dead.
"In everything, give thanks..."
Yes, that's a Pumpkin Cheesecake. Our friend always makes one.
Posted by Bird Dog in Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:20 | Comments (14) | Trackback (1)
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
This year for the first time EVER, we're having a meal catered. With 54 some odd people in a rather big house, a ton of little ones, harried mothers and fathers, etc., we decided to have it done for us all - both sides of my son's family.
The women are making the pies though.
"God has provided us all with his fruits."
It is in our suffering and hard times we give thanks for our Lord.
Why is American Thanksgiving about food?
Because it's derived from the pagan Harvest Festival: a feast of celebration that the harvest is in and has (hopefully) been a good one.
Well put, BD. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family (including dogs).
Half their number dead before they finally gave up on their socialist dreams.
In his 'History of Plymouth Plantation,' the governor of the colony, William Bradford, reported that the colonists went hungry for years, because they refused to work in the fields. They preferred instead to steal food. He says the colony was riddled with "corruption," and with "confusion and discontent." The crops were small because "much was stolen both by night and day, before it became scarce eatable."
In the harvest feasts of 1621 and 1622, "all had their hungry bellies filled," but only briefly. The prevailing condition during those years was not the abundance the official story claims, it was famine and death. The first "Thanksgiving" was not so much a celebration as it was the last meal of condemned men.
How do your dogs like the raised water dishes (2nd photo)? I've thought about buying them, and wondered if they were just a gimmick. My big dog has to really stretch down to reach her water bowl.
We don't worry about what dogs like. We do what works for us.
do they work for you? or is the end result water on the floor from sloppy dogs (I could see that).
Here you go, Bird. Net step in training:
My Thanksgiving meal will be at the Black Bear Diner.
I eat the same thing every day, except the frozen vegetable under the rice varies.
The dog gets half. She likes it except when it's brussels sprouts, which she won't touch. No brussels sprouts for thanksgiving, my tradition.
Wittgenstein to the faculty club maid, when asked what he wanted for lunch: "I don't care, so long as it's the same thing every day."
Mom! MOM! Can we go to MacDonald's? There's nuthin' to eat around here!
Tracked: Nov 24, 21:20