We have a tradition here in the conTIMplating home that every Christmas before bowing to the idol of excessive consumption, we read the story of The First Christmas and revel in all of its bell-jingling yuletide merriness. But never before our November gluttonous ode to gratitude have we sat down and reminded ourselves of The First Thanksgiving. So by golly, this year I am going to use the expression ‘by golly’ more often and do something about it. And you can too! Simply gather about the victual-laden tabletop, get out your various electronic devices that are out anyway, and read aloud to one another in your best Charlton Heston voice this,
Here we are in Nickname Week again: Thanksgiving Thursday followed by Black Friday followed by Small Business Saturday followed by Sleep It Off Sunday followed by Cyber Monday followed by TIMMY Tuesday et cetera, et cetera, advertisement nauseam.
Thursday is the actual holiday that is causing this moniker mayhem. It is known as Thanksgiving, or as they say in Texas, THANKS-giving. Of course, they say a lot of things in Texas you don’t really hear elsewhere, like PO-lice and GUN rack. Be that as it may, I will try to arise from my turkey coma long enough to pass off as this week’s post a few reflective reflections to test your reflexes.
Thanksgiving was first declared a holiday by George Washington, but credit is usually given to Abraham Lincoln because he freed the slaves and wore a really cool hat. Continue reading