1. What has been your Thanksgiving tradition? Do you travel? Do people travel to see you? approximately how many people are present? 2. How do you feel about Thanksgiving? Stressed about cleaning or the "perfect" turkey? 3. Do you think having a holiday denoting thanks is a good idea, or are you of the school that we should be thankful ALL the time? 4. what are you most thankful for right now? For the past decade Thanksgiving has usually meant going to my parents-in-law's house 75 minutes away. It's them, us, a couple cousins, and sometimes a neighbor or two. Interesting how it has evolved since I first went to my not yet in-law's house in 1994, when all four of the adult children always came home to see Mom & Dad. One is now deceased and the others are married with children with one having far distance to travel. Thanksgiving used to be the most stressful time of the year. Between 1974 and 1993, I probably was at at least 17 different venues. Thanksgiving tended to magnify the unsettledness of my life.
Of course we should always be thankful. And of course we ae not. A day designed to do that doesn't seem like a terrible idea.
I'm most grateful that I no longer have a gypsy existence on the fourth Thursday in November. Oh yeah, and my wife and my child and my friends and my family and my job...
Pictures from Life.com:
President Dwight D. Eisenhower carving the Thanksgiving turkey while Mamie, John & the rest of the family are cheerfully looking on. Date taken: November 1953 Photographer: George Skadding
FDR At Thanksgiving Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt w. his wife Eleanor, serving Thanksgiving turkey to polio patients who drew lots to see who would sit at the Pres.'s table in Georgia Hall at Warm Springs Foundation. Location: Warm Springs, GA, US Date taken: November 1938 Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
Danny Kaye Thanksgiving Parade Photographer: Yale Joel
Children eating Thanksgiving dinner at the Great Britain headquarters. Location: United Kingdom Date taken: 1942 Photographer: David E. Scherman