Thanksgiving: the untainted holiday

    Greetings from the Ridge.
    At least there’s one we haven’t messed up yet. While Christmas has become a orgy of excess, Halloween has morphed from a religious holiday to a billion dollar gift to the American Dental Association, and Hallmark Cards drools at the approach of another Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving has remained relatively untainted.  Yes, some regard it as merely the kickoff to the Yuletide spending season, but for most families it’s a time to be together, to think back, to enjoy a few hugs, and debate the relative merits of oyster versus turkey dressing. It’s a good day for nearly all of us.
    My grandmother summed it up well when she flashed her sardonic smile and said, “When there’s no Christmas tree to take up space in the living room you’ve got room for another table of cousins.” We loved Christmas but we knew what grandma meant. Too many trappings can drain the meaning from any season and so far Thanksgiving has kept its focus on just that... giving thanks.

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