Thanksgiving remains an exciting holiday for me because it is the one and only time of year that I get four consecutive days off work without having to dip into my vacation time. Other than that, I find Thanksgiving decidedly meh.
Okay, I hate Thanksgiving. There, I said it. I find Thanksgiving positively nauseating. I know, I’ve turned into an old curmudgeon. Bah, humbug!
Holiday time critics frequently decry Christmas as having long ago been sacrificed on the altar of consumerism. Thanksgiving, of course, is no different. We eat too much, watch football and then waste our money on Black Friday. I see the list of deadly sins taking shape here: Gluttony, sloth, avarice, envy.
But what about giving thanks? At my age, I am thankful and grateful for every day that I am still alive. I thank the Lord for His many blessings every day of the week. I don’t need a special day just for that.
As a vegetarian, I am disgusted by the mass slaughter of birds. A coworker recently mentioned the annual presidential pardon of a turkey. Exactly what crime was that turkey guilty of that it needed a pardon, I asked. Let’s just say this is not how to win friends and influence people.
As I’ve discussed in this space before, my aversion to Thanksgiving has much to do with family drama in years gone by. To put it mildly, my memories of the holiday aren’t too sunny. I used to say that I considered it a good Thanksgiving if no one threw a punch and no one called the cops. I exaggerate, but not by much. I considered it a good holiday if no one started yelling expletives and no one lobbed a projectile at anyone else. By that standard, I don’t recall too many good Thanksgivings.
Today, I have aging parents with health problems. My usual Hobson’s choice is to either drive four hours each way to spend Thanksgiving with them or to feel guilty about leaving them alone on the holiday. Thankfully, I’m off the hook this year. My sister and her son are driving to Mom and Dad’s and will cook Thanksgiving dinner for them. Thanks, Sis! I owe you.
As for me, I plan to have an excellent Thanksgiving this year. I look forward to chowing down at the Sizzler salad bar, just my wife and myself. On Black Friday, I look forward to catching up on my sleep.
And yes, I’ll have my laptop with me and will probably do some work over the holiday weekend.
So sue me.