1.Monday I had Sarah, Kevin, Anika and Soren as well as my nephew Eli (Mary’s son) over for a large thankful dinner. I really enjoyed it.
2. Mom, Dad, Alyse, Joseph, Brooke, Simon and many others are celebrating the Family Missions Company Thanksgiving down in General Cepeda, Coahuila, Mexico.
3. Sarah, Kevin, Anika and Soren are down in Pensacola, Florida with Kevin’s family who are reuniting with a son of Kevin’s brother whom they never knew before recently.
4. I went by my maternal grandfather’s house and my maternal aunt Rachel’s houses yesterday for a Thanksgiving Day related visit.
5. Yesterday’s post on this blog gives some ideas and thought about the history of this holiday.
6. I sent out 41 e-cards for the holiday yesterday and my first response was from my dear niece Alyse.
7. Some notes about the holiday:
i. Most Roman Catholic missalettes have a mass for Thanksgiving Day in the missa of readings, antiphons and themes on the datel even though it is not quite an utterly official holiday in this Council of Bishops domain but it has often been proposed and much of the basic work has been done. It is complicated.
ii.The Thanksgiving Day Macy’s Parade, Advertising for Black Friday sales, two NFL football games on TV, and the National Dog Show (not the Westminster) are traditions to many people.
iii. The menu at Plymouth is the general inspiration for many regional, familial and personal repertoires from which individual meals are drawn. In my experience this is what the repertoire in the Acadian region of Louisiana more or less:
Turkey (with cranberry sauce), ham, rice dressing, corn bread dressing, potato salad, some kind of congealed or frozen or fruit salad (or several), vegetable casserole, yam or sweet potato casserole covered with marshmallows, pecan pie and pumpkin pie. Not all tables have all these things and many tables will have an additional set of family specialties but these are the core.
iv.People pray for the members of the Armed Forces and often listen to some Christmas music on this day at some point.
8. I hope to be eating Thanksgiving Dinner with my Dad’s family who are gathered in force.
9. I will try to reach my other family members by phone.
10. For a good number of my non-American friends I am the main reminder they have that there is a Thanksgiving Day.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!