>some random thoughts about Thanksgiving

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>This past Thanksgiving I was thinking really hard about something people don't usually think to give thanks for on Thanksgiving... the people that make it all possible. The cashiers, the clerks, the waitresses... the ones I know always have to work extra hard during this season... and even the people more behind the scenes that work at the plants that package all our food and goodies, since even though I don't know if they deal with a holiday rush I'm pretty sure they do. And that was what I gave thanks for first - the people that make it possible for us to be able to sit down to a nice Thanksgiving dinner or in front of a Christmas tree even though for some of them it means not being able to do the same themselves. I know full and well they don't do it just out of the goodness of their hearts, lol, but that's why we should be even more grateful to them, because they do it even though they may not want to do it.

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I wasn't raised to celebrate Thanksgiving. The religion I was raised in criticized Thanksgiving, some of the key points being:



  • Its seeming relationship to pagan fall harvest celebrations

  • The fact that we should be grateful for everything year round and not on one particular day



Personally, I don't care about its past... we do a lot of things and have a lot of things that have pagan roots to them but that no longer are used for that purpose. Incense, for example. Wind chimes... writing... books, even... the list could go on and on. At some point of time all of these things were used for pagan worship... but we still use them and whatever they were used for in the past is long forgotten.

Yes, that means I could care less about the Pilgrims and the Indians sitting down to the first Thanksgiving meal as well. The Pilgrims later on killed and plundered the Indians after that.... it kind of loses all the warm fluffy feelings after you realize that, lol.

The point of the holiday to me today is to be able to sit and enjoy a meal with friends/family - some times friends/family that you don't get to see at any other time of the year - and to really sum up everything you have been grateful for over the past year and truly celebrate it - not just say thank you Jesus and be done with it. Or you can find something new and major you have to be grateful about that you maybe haven't been grateful for over the past year because you never really had the time to think about it. The feast reminds you of what we all can do if we roll up our sleeves and work together. There need not be any particular god involved because no matter what your beliefs/religion you can be grateful, you can work together, you can sit back and relax and reflect over the past year and how far you have come... and that's something that very few of us can do every day. After all, that's what "thanks-giving" means, right?

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Sweet Potato Casserole (what I made this year)


  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup melted butter



Topping:


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup flour

  • 1/3 cup melted butter

  • 1 cup chopped pecans



PREPARATION:
Combine first 6 ingredients. Pour into a buttered 1 1/2 to 2-quart casserole dish. Mix remaining ingredients together and sprinkle over top. Bake at 350

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