Doing Thanksgiving Differently

November 21, 2014 6:12 PM

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Thanksgiving is supposed to be about the groaning table, laden with fats and sweets, first the fats, then the sweets, sprinkled with a few vegetables as the "sides." Some argue that it is more about the leftovers, the left over fats and sweets and sides and vegetables. Either way you define it -- as the original groan or the secondary groan -- Thanksgiving is a holiday losing its way, at least for me. Like many people, I find myself in a fundamental kind of time, looking for the reason for a lot of things. Why vote? Why worship? Why drive, when it hurts the earth and me? Why go out when you can get it on line? Thanksgiving, as a ritualized holiday, is reappearing on my screen. You could say it was burping. Or maybe I just don't want to throw out any more food on the third day.

For one thing, I don't need all that food. I like looking at it, and I like preparing it and I even like cleaning up from it. I like the big table with lots of friends and family. I do have a full set of dishes that I rarely get to use. But I don't need more than about 1800 calories a day, not 1800 ...

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