Can’t let the Thanksgiving weekend slip by entirely without a Thanksgiving blog.

Thanksgiving dinner, pic: © Dan Ionut Popescu

Thanksgiving is a big deal here, the busiest travel season of the year and pretty much everybody is off work.  Even the local Safeway and the 24 hour gym close at around 2 in the afternoon.  It is a family holiday, with lots of food and tradition.  There is the turkey feast that everybody indulges in one way or the other, with way too much turkey and plenty of side dishes: the yams, potatoes, veggies, stuffing, gravy and later on have pumpkin and pecan pie, whipped cream and ice cream.  There are ample opportunities to get the calorie count up!

Then there are the little family traditions which every family has, the hike before dinner, the basketball game in the yard afterward, the movie one always watches, the special drink, the board game, etc.

It took me a while to get used to Thanksgiving because it is not part of my European tradition and I was just not used to making a big deal out of eating that large dry bird with sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows.   I have to say, though, Thanksgiving has grown on me over the years, it is a holiday devoted to friends and family and eating – nothing wrong with that – and blissfully absent – at least on the actual day of Thanksgiving – is the whole consume craziness that is such an integral part of Christmas nowadays.  If you are invited somewhere you bring a side dish or a bottle of something yummy – done.  No last minute rush to buy fancy gifts just to keep up with the Joneses.

The day after Thanksgiving, also called Black Friday or Thingsgetting is a different story.

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