I sincerely hope that every one of our readers in the United States had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. It is one day that anyone can, (and nearly everyone does), enjoy. No matter what their background or Creed, I have yet to meet a family that does not use the day to gather, share food and celebrate life together.
No matter how hard a hate-filled a few try to tear down the tradition,it isn’t working; everyone I have ever known likes Thanksgiving day.
I know atheists who have a big feast with family and friends, so it doesn’t have to be a religious holiday. And every [Native] American Indian family that I know gather as well. They do not see it as a symbol of attempted genocide, but a celebration of family and life.
Although many, even the newest to America, embrace the traditional servings, (i.e., turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, etc.), a great number serve their own ethnic foods, or add them to the menu. On my mother’s side, several pockets of the family still serve pasta or other Italian dishes along with the turkey. [For the story of my non-Italian father going to meet the family at Thanksgiving dinner 1945, see “The Element of Surprise”, my post from last December.
We Americans usually win over even the most reluctant foreign visitor with the ambience and foods of Thanksgiving. Even the hardest-core anti-American snob usually softens with the first taste of pie. If nothing else does the trick, pecan pie will.
The only other holiday that seems to transcend all ethnic differences is The New Year’s celebration.
Yes, Chinese celebrate their New Year, Jews observe Rosh Hashanah, the people from India observe different New Year holidays depending on their home region. Muslims, Sikhs and Tamils,( among many others), celebrate the New Year according to differing calendars, but I have yet to hear of any of them not also celebrating traditional New Year’s Eve (December 31st), and/or New Year’s Day, (January 1st).
I have a confession.
This has a sneaky way for me to lead up to a RANT:
Please don’t say :
“HAPPY NEW YEAR’S!”
Granted, it is New Year’s Eve, it may be a New Year’s celebration,
but you want to wish people joyful time in the upcoming Earth’s rotation around the Sun, with which we measure our lives; in other words, a year. One year.
“Happy New Year!” Right? If you say, “Happy New Year’s”, I will have to ask you, “The New Year’s WHAT?”
“Happy New Year’s DAY”? “Happy New Year’s celebration”? Both of those seem pretty limiting.
“Happy New YEARS”? (It can only be a new one once, one at a time).
So, you can see that “Happy New Year’s!” make no sense.
It’s “Happy New Year!”
Now you will be ready next month!
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