Thanksgiving has always been one of those days that I never really fully understood. We don’t have anything that compares to it in Australia (heck, we are always down for a day that involves food, drinking and taking a day off from work, so if we did have something like it, trust me, I’d know), so it’s been something that I personally have had trouble wrapping my head around.
Which makes me wonder, how do I explain it to Little P as she gets older? I mean, I get the basics of it, but even Wikipedia seems a little ‘all over the shop‘ about how it started, why it came about and what it really means.
Think about it. How would you describe it to someone who has never experienced it in person before. When all they have to go on is the cartoons and movies that they saw as kids (or even as adults). For me personally, what springs to mind first is the Addams Family. Yup, the second movie, where the Wednesday and Pugsly are sent to camp and are forced to perform a version of the ‘first Thanksgiving’ and where all hell breaks loose. Yup. That’s what Thanksgiving brings to mind for me.
And then of course there’s all the stories friends have told me about how the only reason they go home for Thanksgiving is to watch their dysfunctional family implode over turkey, stuffing and way too much alcohol.
I understand the modern day concept of being thankful. It’s something we should do every day, not just on one specific day, but that’s beside the point. And, honestly, the few times I’ve been able to be with M’s family for Thanksgiving, it’s been an awesome experience (perhaps a little too much food and wine consumed, but hey, comes with the holiday), but really, what does it mean?
Christmas is a little easier to explain – even the whole ‘Jesus isn’t Santa, Santa isn’t Jesus’ deal. But Thanksgiving? I just don’t know.
So, my wonderful readers, any suggestions? How do/did you explain it to your little ones? Do you take this route: Mommy Bog ; which I think is kind of how my conversation with Little P will go, or do you try to use books, movies or just hope their teachers at school cover it all? I know I have a little time, but forewarned is forearmed right?
Either way, Happy Thanksgiving to you beautiful people. Whether you take part in this tradition or not, take the time today to be thankful for all that you have.
From my family to yours, have a fabulous Turkey Day. Gobble Gobble!