Thanksgiving rebooted

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?

About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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6 Responses to Thanksgiving rebooted

  1. Here’s to awesomness! Wish you and your family the best with or without the turkey suits.

  2. Love it for ‘being alive. Oh, and for awesomeness’ 🙂
    I hope you and your family will have an awesome Thanksgiving (in pyjamas?) 😉

  3. Micha says:

    I would make it illegal for stores to be open on Thanksgiving since I have to work all day. It’s really getting ridiculous anymore. Enjoy some turkey while wearing turkey suits for me! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. mtetar says:

    That’s more than a Blessing, so enjoy and get some rest. Happy Thanksgiving in advanced. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  5. go Mama O says:

    Yes – love the term “re-boot” for Thanksgiving. Your kids ideas were hilarious, but still good in that the day is just about being together with loved ones & sharing a meal. Someday I’d like to volunteer as a family on Thanksgiving when my kids get a bit older.

    Have an awesome Thanksgiving!

  6. I can go for that. I am definitely thankful for another year of being awesome. 😉 What an great and interesting exercise to do with your kids!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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