Thanksgiving Eve and Early Morn: I think the day before Thanksgiving is just about my favorite day of the year. Everyone is in a good mood the day before Thanksgiving, much more so than the day before Christmas. My office hours always go smoothly the day before Thanksgiving. No one comes in with a hidden agenda, unlike Christmas Eve, when invariably someone comes in ostensibly for a sore throat but really because they're feeling suicidal. Maybe it's because Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday, giving it the singular joy of making a Wednesday feel as if it's a Friday. Or maybe it's because it's free of the gift-giving burden and angst that goes with Christmas. But most likely, it's because Thanksgiving is a holiday that we can all enjoy, regardless of religious belief (or lack of belief.) Its roots might lie in the thanks and praise to God of a small religious sect, but most of us really think of the holiday as a celebration of our immigrant roots, even if we don't descend from the original Pilgrims.
We are not only the Protestants who left England to escape the Catholics, but the Catholics who left England to escape the Protestants. We are the Europeans who left the Old World to escape taxes, monarchy, and Napoleon. We are the slaves brought against their will, and the indentured servants hoping for a better life. We are the Irish escaping the English, the Italians escaping anarchy, and the Jews escaping everyone. And that's just my family. posted by Sydney on
11/25/2004 01:27:00 AM