Thanksgiving for foods -- some thoughts from Bartlett's

Thanksgiving  for foods -- some thoughts from Bartlett's

Sometimes I think I will scream if I hear or read one more story about Thanksgiving that centers around food. A day to give thanks is not meant to be a day all about food and eating.

Not all. But being thankful for food — particular, special food, whether it’s available only at “the holidays” or it’s a special family recipe — is just fine. Just remember to be thankful for food, not thankful about food.

One of the quotations about thankfulness that I found on my recent “browsing through Bartlett’s” is one that reminded me of my recent post about tea.

“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? — how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.” — from “Recipe for Salad” by Sydney Smith (1711-1845)

Also, it’s hard to realize in more urban parts of the country, but Thanksgiving is related to harvest festivals — a way to give thanks that there will be enough food to get through the winter. That has taken on a new tone this year, but many of us will still hear, if only by computer linkup, one of the more familiar hymns of thanks:

“Come, ye thankful people, come,

Raise the song of harvest home;

All is safely gathered in,

Ere the winter storms begin.”

— by Henry Alford (1810-1871)

Thanks to all of you for spending some of your reading time with me. Happy Thanksgiving, whether you’re officially celebrating the holiday in the U.S. or just taking a moment to add some thankfulness to your un-official days.

Margaret Serious has a page on Facebook. 



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  • If it is a harvest festival, it is about food. Maybe not about gluttony.

    There's also Canadian Thanksgiving, which is on Columbus/Indigenous Persons' Day, which has similar, but older story. Not the stress on bad Football, but the CFL Grey Cup is usually on our Thanksgiving (but not this year).

    According to my email box, several charities are thankful that I made a donation via my cash back Visa.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack. You're right, it's the gluttony that ruins the point. Canadian Thanksgiving is on a Monday and at a more reasonable time for harvests... and trust me on this, it's (usually) a good time for hockey. Happy U.S. Thanksgiving.

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