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Holiday Greetings....

Posted on 2006.11.23 at 11:27
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This is just to wish those of you in countries that celebrate it....


Happy Thanksgiving!



I am the hostess this year and for once I think I have things in hand in a timely fashion. Huzzah! (I have a terrible reputation for lateness getting the dinner on the table. It's not just my fic that takes for ever.)

For the rest of you, perhaps you'd prefer celebrating "Happy Buy Nothing Day". I am sure it is the more wholesome way to go, for both body and soul. It is a fine thing to eat together in a festive manner and to celebrate what we have received by way of bodily sustenance and each other. Cultures have been celebrating the harvest since before written history.

I would agree with critics of our excess that things have got out of hand. Many of us Americans associate Thanksgiving primarily with watching football, going to the day-after sales, and eating like Romans (during the era of the vomitorium). Few stop to remember the early colonists who gave thanks for enough to eat in a strange world with the help of strange friends, starvation kept at bay for one more season. Such times could always return. Perhaps if they did we'd be more thankful. *Munches buttered toast philosophically*

Whatever your mode of celebration is, I hope it is plenteous and enjoyable!

~ Mechtild

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Prim
primula_baggins at 2006-11-23 18:52 (UTC) (Link)
Happy day to you too, and best wishes on being hostess--not an easy job.

Maeglian
maeglian at 2006-11-23 22:22 (UTC) (Link)
Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving, Mechtild! :-)

Good luck with the hostess duties! Is your daugther home for the holidays?


I bet you can guess where *my* most recent impression of Thanksgiving family revels comes from (points to icon). I hope your celebration will be the polar opposite of those two's!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-23 22:53 (UTC) (Link)
I bet you can guess where *my* most recent impression of Thanksgiving family revels comes from (points to icon). I hope your celebration will be the polar opposite of those two's!

That is so funny, Maeglian! After weeks of not listening to it I listened to the BBM soundtrack yesterday. Today while Glen (my husband) was making the fire I thought, "Hey! I want to watch BBM - it's even got [hilarious/heartbreaking] Thanksgiving scenes!" If I am not too tired after the clean-up, I'll do just that.

Thanks for the greetings, Maeglian. I have missed you.
Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2006-11-24 11:18 (UTC) (Link)
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your meal went without a hitch.

Here, it's just another day. However, I've just returned from the Company's "sundowner". This is a once a month occurrence, where staff in the Company's social club go to a hotel for drinks after works on the last Friday of the month. We contribute $2 a week towards this, and we get free drinks and snacks (mini spring rolls, sushi rolls, etc). Since I don't drink alcohol, I usually have "mocktails" (blended fruit, which includes strawberries, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, etc). Delicious.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-24 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmm.... Spring rolls.... Sushi.... Blended fruity drinks (you mean like smoothies? even bigger yum).

Yes, the dinner went fine. I'll be doing a bit more clean-up this morning.
Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2006-11-24 14:21 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, they're like smoothies, only the base is fruit juice, rather than milk. It seems almost every time I get one, it's different to any others I've had. Each individual bar person has their own recipe, so it's always a surprise when it's served to you! Sometimes there are whole strawberries in the glass, but it's impossible to get them out, because they don't provide a spoon, and even though I can stab it with a plastic straw, it's not strong enough to slide up the inside of the glass!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-24 14:35 (UTC) (Link)
You'll just have to use your fingers on those strawberries. Maybe they'd provide a spoon if asked?

P.S. I finally looked at the garden sections on Frodo's Mum's website. Heavens! I see what you mean. Absolutely gorgeous! It looks like an English estate. But perhaps their actual home is modest and she's just a very gifted, ambitious gardener who lives in the country amid farms. They must (live among farms), with those sheep next door.
(Anonymous) at 2006-11-24 16:11 (UTC) (Link)
These drinks are served in a tall, narrow glass, so I can't reach the fruit at the bottom with my fingers. Anyway, today's drink had a strawberry sliced and sitting on the edge of the glass. It was sweet!

I'm very impressed with her garden. I'd love to have half the plants she'd got (and the time to tend them)!

Yes, I'd say it was definitely in a country area, especially since she has enough grass to mow that will take 8 hours with a hand mower, or 3 1/2 hours with a ride-on mower!
Maewyn
maewyn_2 at 2006-11-24 16:15 (UTC) (Link)
That was me. *???* I wasn't expecting to be logged out!
Wendy
wendylady2 at 2006-11-25 08:19 (UTC) (Link)
Mech,
"This is just to wish those of you in countries that celebrate it....
"


Erm....I think the US is the only country that celebrates this Holiday, well, on this day anyway...Canada does the Big-Dinner-with-Pumpkin-Pie thing earlier in October, but as far as I know, this is an exclusively North American Holiday !!!
I suppose the nearest thing we in Europe have to it, is really little more than a Church service - The Harvest Festival, to give thanks for the Lord's Bounty etc, etc...
(Hate to be so pedantic !! )
Actually, I did a little reading before I commented, to make sure I was right, and the history of Thanksgiving is quite interesting really...did you know that it used to be on the last Thursday of November, rather than the third, and got moved during the War to boost the economy before Christmas ? Makes the shopping time before Christmas longer, you see...have a read here :-

http://www.orenoque.com/thanksgiving/
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-11-25 14:10 (UTC) (Link)
.did you know that it used to be on the last Thursday of November, rather than the third, and got moved during the War to boost the economy before Christmas ?

It figures.

Yes, I knew Canada's was in October. I suppose I should have been more specific that I meant "holidays of thanksgiving" and not a celebration of what the pilgrims did in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, lol.
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