Thanksgiving and the day after

It’s hard for me to understand why people look forward to the food at Thanksgiving dinners. In the first place, turkey never appealed to me. The flavor is so bland, and the actual meat is so dry. All of the other foods are boring as well. The only thing I mildly look forward to is the mashed potatoes, and, most of the time, even those aren’t supreme.

I suppose part of my lack of luster for this holiday’s dinner is because I’ve always been immersed in a cross-cultural Thanksgiving feast. The majority of my 18 November dinners have been a hybrid Laotion-American mix; only once, I think, have I ever had a straight “American” Thanksgiving dinner, and that dinner wasn’t that great either.

When people talk about how they stuff themselves around this time of year, I wish I could too. Just so I can partake in this delectable delight, I’ll design my own Thanksgiving dinner. It’s probably only about 10 years from now that I’ll be having my own feasts.

  • Mashed potatoes
  • A flavorful turkey or some other meat
  • Pud Thai, Lo mein, Fried rice, Larb
  • Thousand Island Dressing style pasta
  • Fruits and fruit salads! How can Thanksgiving dinners be remiss of fruits?!
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Steak, medium rare
  • Muffins and cookies
  • Jello
  • Assorted drinks. Highlighting: Thai iced tea, young coconut juice, and Shaw tea.

I never want to be part of the Black Friday fiasco again. This morning I stayed up until 5 and went to Target to pick up the first Narnia movie. In addition, I bought the new Miley Cyrus CD; originally I had no intention to buy Miley’s CD, but I saw it and it was on sale.

The thing that gets my goat about Black Friday is the surge in materialism, and the selfish manner in which that lust for material goods is obtained. It’s obscene and pornographic. In contrast, I suppose it is pretty dark of me to condemn those shoppers, but I think Black Friday really is a dark day.

But I digress, and I am thankful. . . for Narnia, my family and friends (especially my very good ones at Marquette, and especially especially the ones in Intervarsity), my home and room, my mom for putting a new bed in my room, my Audrey Hepburn posters, my awesome God, the New York Giants for being 10-1, my education at Marquette, the people on my floor in my dorm.

There are a lot of things to be thankful for. I think if we all can focus on one thing we are thankful for each day, our lives would be significantly more fulfilled.

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