As we in the States start prepping for our Thanksgiving Day this Thursday, there’s a lot of talk about traditions. There’s a certain comfort in the sameness of having that ubiquitous green bean casserole every year or maintaining the order of family visits. It’s the little things, I think, that smooth over the fact that everything, but everything, is changing so rapidly I can hardly catch my breath.
And at a time when Thanksgiving seems to be a blip during a busy, busy Christmas shopping season, when Black Friday actually starts at dinnertime on Thursday, those traditions feel like they’re slipping away.
We might just need a Turkey Day Reboot.
So I asked the kids, “If this were the very first Thanksgiving ever, right now in 2013, what would the day be like?” Here’s a smattering of the replies I got:
Menu: Featured on the table would be turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, toast, pizza and pumpkin pie. (Did you notice? Not one green vegetable in there at all — not even the green bean casserole. Sigh.).
Attire: Pretty much anything goes, from pajamas and sweats, to formal dress/suits, to someone wearing a turkey suit. (Don’t ask.)
Activities: There’d be something for everyone, including watching football and the national dog show, sleeping in late, and playing games. Oh, and a special brunch for teenagers because they would get too hungry before lunchtime (and this was, oddly, not specified by the teen in our house but by his brother instead). And more eating. Lots of eating.
“And what would we celebrate?” I asked. “At the first Thanksgiving, the settlers and Indians were celebrating the year’s harvest in a new land. Why would we have a Thanksgiving in 2013?”
It took a minute, and then I heard, “For being alive. Oh, and for awesomeness.”
So there you have it. On this Thursday of thankfulness, we’ll be celebrating another year of being here, being awesome.
What are your Thanksgiving Day traditions? If you were to reboot the traditional Thanksgiving menu, what would it include?