THANKSGIVING DAY USA: I like dinner, sales, offers – don’t you?*

Vol. 2,  No. 26, November 20, 2011
TITLE: “THANKSGIVING DAY USA: I like dinner, sales,offers – don’t you*”

Now in the bottom half of November, Americans are thinking about Thanksgiving. Turkey and stuffing are on their minds. It got me thinking as well. My book of the week is:  “Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday [Paperback] James W. Baker (Author), Peter J. Gomes (Contributor)”. Hence, my subject is Thnksgiving, the American day.  (Editor’s Note: This is another of a series on holidays and special dates.) 
PREVIEW: For next week, I am planning to discuss decorations ( inside and outside) : wreaths, lights, inflatables, etc.  This is another in the series about holidays and special dates.

Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks. It’s also very much about family. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the 4th Thursday in November, while Canadians do it on the 2nd Monday in October. Thanksgiving comes first to Canada since it is more north and  the harvest comes earlier in the year.
Personally, this day means getting together with loved ones for a big meal. Most of the time, I am doing the cooking. I start early.  It’s turkey of course,  that is the main course. The stuffing is the usual sidedish.  Further sides include: mashed potatoes and the vegetable, rapini, the Italian way. A big chef’s salad is next. Apple pie or Pecan pie and ice cream top it off.      
But enough about me, now let’s go with this day, American style. On the occasion of the American Thanksgiving, many Canadians visit the United States. A friend of mine never misses shopping  on Black Friday.  She plans a little trip every year south of the border to shop on this bargain day.  Accordingly to her, the bargains are unbelievable.  She gets most of her Christmas shopping done then. It’s too much trouble for me.  Waiting in line for hours to get into the store and the big crowds is not my idea of fun. 
THE AUTHOR: James Robert Baker (October 18, 1946 – November 5, 1997) 
James Robert Baker was an author, gay and proud, in a straight- back Republican California. He was talented and had a good literary eye, yet he did not achieve the success he was seeking in his lifetime. He is also a tragic figure as he committed suicide.
Some of his books are;
Adrenaline (1985) Signet Books/New American Library ISBN 978-0-451-13563-6
Fuel-Injected Dreams (1986) E. P. Dutton ISBN 978-0-525-24417-2
Boy Wonder (1988) New American Library ISBN 978-0-453-00597-5
Tim and Pete (1993) Simon and Schuster ISBN 978-0-671-79184-1
Right Wing (1996, only published on the Internet)
Testosterone (published posthumously 2000) Alyson Publications ISBN 978-1-55583-567-5
Anarchy (published posthumously 2002) Alyson Publications ISBN 978-1-55583-743-3
THE BOOK: Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday [Paperback] James W. Baker (Author), Peter J. Gomes (Contributor)
Thanksgiving is a happy day. In USA, Thanksgiving is one very big deal. Baker understands this.  He wrote a book about Thanksgiving. I chose it this week. He examines the holiday from myths, historical origins  to religious themes. Victorian thinking meets the pilgrims from the Mayflower and the colonial lands and also Native Americana. It goes beyond the superficial. Think of it in terms of turkey. He gets to the meat …. right into the stuffing. You get EVERYTHING you wanted to know about the American Thanksgiving, but your mouth was too full to ask.  It works for me.  If you wondered about what is behind the big meal and hoopla, check it out!
Thanksgiving is to give thanks for a successful harvest, family, good friends and everything we have.
Personal Comments
Americans celebrate Thanksgiving differently than Canadians do. While Canadians identify with the European festivities of celebrating the abundance of the harvest and having enough food for the winter, Americans pay tribute to pilgrims. American Thanksgiving means a family reunion: people coming from far and wide and also a huge feast ..soup-to -nuts. It is further about watching football and later shopping on Black Friday.
Although Canadians and Americans celebrate differently, it still boils down to the same thing … being with family and loved ones.  To some extent, Americans make Thanksgiving Day a bigger celebration than Canadians do.  The holiday extends longer than ours.  I have even heard said that their Thanksgiving Day is almost more important than Christmas Day.  That’s not so with Canadians.

The Point
Thanksgiving Day is an important day regardless where, why or how it’s celebrated.  Whererever you are join with family and make it memorable!

From all of us in Canada to all of you in the U.S.A., we wish you and yours, a VERY Happy Thankgiving! 
1. Note that Thatnksgiving is about taking pause to recognize the blessings received; it’s also about saying thank you; 
2. Invite close relatives as this is an opportunity of family coming together to spend quality time.  
3. Create traditions – it’s great fun!  
4. Include friends as this is a good deed bringing much joy to the invited.
5. Put hurts aside… try to get along … it’s better together
6. Remember celebrations are not everyday…enjoy it!
7. Eat less the day before as the day of …is non- stop scoffing;
8. Watch sports on TV or play board games or some such;
9. Prepare for the Great Mall excursion that is Black Friday; to this end,
9.1 Rest up;
9.2 Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes,
9.3 Check your wallet; 
10. Call or send a card to loved ones and dear friends far and wide
Here are a few verbs for this day – choose from these in the appropriate order:  gobble, gobble, stuff, mash, chew, spend, watch, spend, eat, etc., and enjoy!*   
And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Plastic Presidency?
“Shortly after George W. Bush’s surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to troops in Baghdad in November 2003, photographs flashed around the world depicting the smiling president offering a platter with a huge, succulent turkey to US soldiers. Some time later, it was revealed that the turkey in the photograph was in fact a fake “model” which had adorned the end of the buffet line.Moreover, soldiers had been served their meals using standard cafeteria-style trays. Though the event was obviously carefully scripted, White House officials told the Washington Post that they had not been aware of a “trophy” turkey. Asked whether the turkey was genuine, Bush spokesman Scott McClellan wisely deflected attention to the White House Christmas tree which was about to be unveiled: “The tree today,” he said, “as far as I know, is real.”
S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Thanksgiving Day Gift
“On November 25, 1993, the Miami Dolphins met the Dallas Cowboys in a memorable Thanksgiving day NFL football game. “Pro Bowler Leon Lett’s biggest lowlight came when he handed all-but-beaten Miami a holiday victory. With 15 seconds left and Dallas up by two, the Cowboys blocked a field goal, causing the ball to sputter and drop at the seven-yard line — apparently sealing a Cowboy victory. That is, until clueless Lett inexplicably slid into the pigskin, making it a live ball that the Fins immediately recovered. Miami nailed an easy field goal on the next play as time expired, stuffing the ‘Boys and giving Dallas fans a lot less to be thankful for.”
S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Matt Damon: Feeling Old
“One Thanksgiving Day morning, Matt Damon was roused from bed by his triathlete brother at 5:30 a.m. to run a 5-kilometer road race. “It was kind of an eye-opening thing,” he recalled. “I started to feel old for the first time when I’m about two thirds of the way through a 5k and I’m going like, ‘I’m working it. I’m doing good,’ and look over and these two 8-year-olds passed me. They’re like talking to each other, not even trying…”

S & R* QUOTE #1: Mark Twain
“The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people.”

S & R* QUOTE #2: Bo Lozoff
“The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don’t have to gain, develop, or attain them. We’re like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don’t need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are — as soon as we quit pretending we’re small or unholy.”

S & R* QUOTE #3: Stephen Sigmund 
“Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.”
“For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “Thanksgiving Day”; “Black Friday”; etc.

Thanksgiving Day
“Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has officially been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.[1] As a federal and popular holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the “big six” major holidays of the year (along with Christmas, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day). Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader holiday season.”

Black Friday
“Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.”


“The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated to give thanks to God for guiding them safely to the New World.[2] The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days, providing enough food for 13 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.[3]The first documented thanksgiving feasts in territory currently belonging to the United States were conducted by Spaniards in the 16th century.[8][9][10] Thanksgiving services were routine in what was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607,[11] with the first permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia holding a thanksgiving in 1610.[8]On October 6, 1941, both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditionallast-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in 1942. However, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment to the resolution that split the difference by requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was sometimes the last Thursday and sometimes (less frequently) the next to
last.[27] On December 26, 1941 President Roosevelt signed this bill, for the first time making the date of Thanksgiving a matter of federal law.[28 On Thanksgiving Day, families and friends usually gather for a large meal or dinner. Consequently, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year.[39 Since 1924, in New York City, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held annually every Thanksgiving Day from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, and televised nationally by NBC.American football is an important part of many Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States. Professional football games are often held on Thanksgiving Day; until recently, these were the only games played during the week apart from Sunday or Monday night. The National Football League has played games on Thanksgiving every year since its creation; the tradition is referred to as the Thanksgiving Classic. The Detroit Lions have hosted a game every Thanksgiving Day since 1934, with the exception of 1939–1944 (due
to World War II).The day after Thanksgiving is a day off for some companies and many schools. It is popularly known as Black Friday, because of the heavy shopping that
day helps put retailers’ books back into black. Black Friday has been considered by retailers to be the start of the Christmas shopping season since as early as the 1930s.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1:Giving thanks around the world
“Thanksgiving isn’t just a North American tradition. People around the world gather with friends and family to reflect on blessings and appreciate the good things in life. Whether you own a little or a lot, you can always find something to be grateful for, says Mark Lukowski, CEO, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada. And a successful harvest is definitely worth celebrating, as seen in many of the countries where we work.Here are some interesting harvest celebrations from around the world: In Ghana (Western Africa), tribes celebrate the Yam Festival with song and dance. Yams are a common food in many African countries and are the first crop harvested. The Yam Festival is usually held in the beginning of August at the end of the rainy season. Other African tribes celebrate the Homowo Festival which means hooting at hunger with parades to mark the ongoing fight against famine. In Northern India, wheat is harvested either in late February or early March. At this time, they celebrate the Holi Festival, which lasts five days. During this festival, people dress up and others play games like throwing coloured water and red powder at each other. People build bonfires and afterwards, the ashes are rubbed on people’s foreheads in order to bring good luck for the coming year.To celebrate Thanksgiving, you can help someone in a developing country build their harvest by purchasing garden tools, vegetable seeds, and fruit trees through Christian Children’s Fund of Canada’s gift catalogue at: ”
S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2:Learn your personal exemptions for cross-border shopping
“Don’t spoil a cross-border shopping spree by finding out you have to pay unexpected duty at the border. One way to avoid such a surprise is getting to know your personal exemptions. These exemptions allow you to bring goods of a certain value back home to Canada without paying regular duty and taxes.Take note of these exemptions from the Canada Border Services Agency to save time and money at the Canadian border. After 24 hours – CAN$50, no alcoholic beverages or tobacco products (if more than $50, full duty and taxes are applicable);
After 48 hours – CAN$400;
After seven days – CAN$750.
You can bring one of the following amounts of alcoholic beverages free of duty and taxes as long as you are within the minimum ages, as prescribed by provincial or territorial authorities (18 years for the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, and 19 years for the remaining provinces and territories): 1.5 litres of wine;a total of 1.14 litres of alcoholic beverages; orup to a maximum of 8.5 litres of beer or ale. If you’re 18 or over, you can bring all of these types of tobacco products free of duty and taxes within your personal exemption:
200 cigarettes;
50 cigars;
200 grams of manufactured tobacco; and 200 tobacco sticks.
Remember, there are no exemptions for same-day travel. Anything you buy is subject to applicable PST, GST and duty. Also, you must declare everything you buy, regardless if any of the exemptions apply.
There are more tips for travellers at  ”
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