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ORAC
22nd Nov 2006, 14:48
A happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to our colonial friends, and to those travelling today, have a good trip. :)

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AcroChik
22nd Nov 2006, 14:58
Thank you, ORAC. It's my favorite holiday. And not because of the football or... cricket.

And to all PPruners celebrating, wherever you are, have a joyous one. There are always reasons to be thankful :)

pigboat
22nd Nov 2006, 15:12
Happy Thanksgiving y'all. :ok:

Everybody is invited to con pilot's house for deep-fried turkey. Bring booze. ;)

forget
22nd Nov 2006, 15:25
In this part of the world, 58-33N. 00-18W, we have Thanksgiving on July 4th.

AcroChik
22nd Nov 2006, 15:52
I see the post I'm replying to was deleted, but I'll leave this here anyway, to sort of give some insight into my version of the holiday.

Well, I don't really care for turkey, and eventually my mom admitted to the same sin. So as the main course we began serving a luxurious standing rib roast. There's also going to be a gratin of leeks, a saute of chestnuts, brussel sprouts and little onions, candied carrots and soufle of potatoes. And other odds and ends that escape me just now.

There's always good wine and ancient cognac. I don't drink.

Our family's constituted quite differently than it was some years ago ~ I've got a step father, some step-sisters and a step-brother, their children, a fiance who was born in France, his daughter (my God I'm about to be a step mom to a teenager!) ~ and so there's been a merging of traditions and the creation of new ones. One of my soon-to-be French sisters-in-law is at my mom's now baking something mysterious and probably magnificent. She's a professional.

A tradition that remains from my childhood is this:

My dad was committed that each year our family give to those who need it, a fixed percentage of our family's total income. That's right, a fixed percentage. My mom shared (shares!) his dedication to this. Though the percentage remained the same, the absolute number would fluctuate year-to-year, and gradually increased. One might say this is similar to tithing.

Thanksgiving was and remains the time of year when we start talking about this, the organizations we donated to last year, what they do, what they've done, what our goals are as a family in this area. As a child I was encouraged to learn about social issues and collect informaton about organizations that worked in those fields and make my own case for including them in our giving.

The process and talk goes on after Thanksgiving, from time to time at the breakfast table or family suppers, with the final decisions made just before Christmas. We put the envelopes into the mail as we walk to Christmas mass. It's Thanksgiving, after all.

mutt
22nd Nov 2006, 16:18
Hey Con Pilot... How are you cooking the Turkey this year???


Mutt

pigboat
22nd Nov 2006, 16:29
Mutt I can't wait to see what he'll say when he finds out I invited everyone to his house. 'Course, I did tell 'em to bring booze. :p :p

tony draper
22nd Nov 2006, 16:36
One loves Turkey but we still have a month to go before we get ours,so enjoy yerselves,happy thanksgiving.
:ok:

Kestrel_909
22nd Nov 2006, 16:40
Happy Thanksgiving all,

And a very special thanks to a group of Americans who provided a superb 3hours of entertainment lastnight in Belfast, thank you very much Mr Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band, happy thanksgiving to ya'll. I believe they flew home to New Jersey after the show at 2am to be home for the holiday.

ORAC
22nd Nov 2006, 16:51
I watched them a couple of weeks back here in Madrid. I think it were probably a little bit warmer. Good music, you could see the strong Irish influence. They would have been better with a Bodhran as well, if they could have fitted it in.... :p

Kestrel_909
22nd Nov 2006, 16:55
A Bodhran is probably the only thing they didn't have!

T'was rather cold queuing outside, with my friend and I in nothing more than a t-shirt really for 2 hours in 5 degrees. Inside it was scorching once things got started, it was then our time to laugh at all those standing in thick raincoats and wolly hats, while the bands' clothing took on a new shade and pattern thanks for the sweat patches. Definitely worth every penny and the wait outside.

con-pilot
22nd Nov 2006, 17:38
Happy Thanksgiving y'all. :ok:
Everybody is invited to con pilot's house for deep-fried turkey. Bring booze. ;)

You better believe it, come on down.:ok:

Mutt my friend, fried, there is no other way.:E

(Oh, there will be NO helicopter parking in the driveway this year, bloody neighbors. :p )

GrumpyOldFart
22nd Nov 2006, 17:38
Huh? Thanksgiving was last month.

:confused:

:E

Two's in
22nd Nov 2006, 21:51
Thanksgiving, when we fondly remember our founding fathers breaking bread with the Native Indians and saying " Oh and by the way, we want all the land...".

brickhistory
22nd Nov 2006, 21:53
Thanksgiving, when we fondly remember our founding fathers breaking bread with the Native Indians and saying " Oh and by the way, we want all the land...".

'Cept for the bits that are only good for....oh, I don't know, might as well put a casino or something like that on it.................

Oh, and wasn't that there Mayflower thing filled with English folk? Then all subsequent foolishness is really their fault!

England, you'll be hearing from my attornies!

con-pilot
22nd Nov 2006, 23:20
Actually relations were fairly peaceful until around 1672. That's when my ancestors (on my great-grandmothers side) discovered that those pesky Englishmen were not here on a two week holiday. :uhoh:

To be truthful not a lot of Indians (Native Americans) have Thanksgiving very high on the list of popular holidays. I love Thanksgiving, but then again I'll only like 3/16th Indian.

(Shawnee if one must know [we think], highly superior to all the other tribes. :p )

Ace Rimmer
23rd Nov 2006, 14:23
Ah Con my great grandma too... cept she was a Cherokee (of course the dark secret in the clan rimmer is that she and great grandpa (and by extension grandma and all those great aunts and uncles....gasp....Okies)

Now of course with the Okies royally stuffed a few weeks back there there is just the ritual stomping of the Aggies tomorrow to make those of the burnt orange tendancy of good cheer...

Two's in
23rd Nov 2006, 15:11
Brick,

As ususal you're right on the money,

Oh, and wasn't that there Mayflower thing filled with English folk? Then all subsequent foolishness is really their fault!

...but if you extend that logic, then surely the War of Independence was really more of a second civil war for the English?

I still struggle with the traditional gifts at this time of the year, just where do you get a smallpox infested blanket in fall colors? Target had nothing...

brickhistory
23rd Nov 2006, 15:14
I still struggle with the traditional gifts at this time of the year, just where do you get a smallpox infested blanket in fall colors? Target had nothing...


:D







You might try Wal-Mart, however..........

MagnusP
23rd Nov 2006, 15:27
A couple of years ago in Hilo at this time of year, I walked past Santa's Grotto to hear the fat guy in red calling "Ho, Ho, HO! Happy Thanksgiving!". Does the Union know?

pigboat
23rd Nov 2006, 21:55
A Thanksgiving Wish

'Twas the night of Thanksgiving but I just couldn't sleep
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat, the white
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation
The thought of a snack became infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling, so plump and so round
'Till all of a sudden I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell as I soared past the trees,
"Happy eating to all, pass the cranberries please."

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
May your taters 'n gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay offa your thighs.