Monday, November 5, 2007

Missing the Forest AND the Trees

Dear Thanksgiving,

I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I haven't forgotten about you. I know that half of the world and most of the stores therein are already decked out with ornaments, red and green tinsel, and the signs and tents are up for the tree lots, and all just minutes after Halloween, but I have not forgotten about you.

You're my favorite holiday and always have been.

I don't know if I just like to cook, like to feed people, like to be fed, or if my favorite thing in the known universe is being in a spice filled room with people I love, but you are it. I can't help but get happy warm fuzzies at the thought of you.

How can I begin to apologise for Corporate America's insensitivity? I know you're not the most lucrative holiday but President Lincoln wasn't too worried about that when he invented you. He just wanted a war torn country to sit down for a good meal and remember the things that made life worth living, just for a day. I suppose it was the next best thing to teaching everyone yoga but that would have been difficult in those corsets anyway, so he told an ancestral and patriotic story instead. I don't mind that its pretty much made up. It still makes me happy, gives me two days off of school when I most desperately need it, left overs for a week and a few glorious hours with people I love.

You're the real deal Thanksgiving! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I'll keep preaching the Thanksgiving gospel and you keep on keeping on.

Your devoted friend,
~Lizzie

4 comments:

It's just me... said...

Amen!

Liz said...

I LOVE Thanksgiving too! Yay!

Heather said...

It always drives me crazy when people skip thanksgiving. Yes, Christmas is great, but it's in DECEMBER, not October. Lets take some time to give thanks, before we start asking for gifts! ...and really? 3 months of just Christmas music is about 2 months too much.

Jennie said...

Are you still coming out here for Thanksgiving? We'll be gone for a few days, but we totally want to see you...please, please come to DC for Thanksgiving!!! We love you!!