I confess, having grown up in Canada that I still have a hard time thinking of this week as Thanksgiving. To me it was back in October. (That’s Columbus Day for you Yanks) Since my parents lived way out in Nova Scotia I never went home for the US Thanksgiving either. So my memories of Thanksgiving consist either of going hiking or climbing, joining in a “joint-sorrow” dinner of singles trapped in Provo, or else driving up to Alberta to hang out with my brother, eat pizza and ice climb. Now that I’m married and with a bride who has family in the area, I’m still getting used to it all. Truth be told, I think I’d rather be out skiing. But that’s me.
So my question is, what exactly is the importance of thanksgiving to everyone? Is it something we just do because we’ve always done it? Or do people really think about the Pilgrims? Do people contemplate what they are thankful way in a thoughtful fashion akin to meditating during the sacrament? Or is it just a holiday where the family gets together to overeat?
Speaking of meals, does everyone even eat turkey? As I heard on the radio, few people go to a nice restaurant and order turkey. It seems an odd meal for a formal dinner.
Thoughts? Suggestions for this Canadian ex-patriot?