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Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving is not a very minimalist holiday. Everything about the original meaning is gone in modern America.

No longer is it a celebration for a good harvest or giving thanks to the ones you love.

Now it is all about gluttony and consumerism.

Consuming 1000s of calories at the Thanksgiving dinner table is the norm. All diets and limitations are put on hold. The football game is on in the background. Commercials telling you what you need to buy as you slowly drop into a turkey and dressing induced coma on the couch.

I was amazed and appalled when I saw the Thanksgiving day newspaper (yes, my father gets that delivered to his house still). It was larger than the Sunday paper. One inch thick of actual news and six inches of Black Friday ads. Kohls had an ad that was bigger than most paperback books. It must have contained all of their store items. The newspaper was a huge waste of paper.

I’m not saying I don’t enjoy the holiday. This year was an exceptional time with my family.

But it was far from minimalist.

I have some really good memories of the family time during holidays. Like the Easter my one year old son tried to swallow a whole candy egg at once. Or another Easter that my chocolate bunny was brutally stabbed by an unhappy cousin.

But the best Thanksgiving memory was when I was a teenager and had turkey pizza with my grandmother.

She was sick and alone one year. My father decided last minute to pack up the family and drive to her house. It was a long drive and we arrived at dinner time. She was too old to cook a big meal for everyone. So we decided to just go out for dinner after we arrived. It was a small town and most restaurants were closed on Thanksgiving. The only place open was a Pizza Inn. They put turkey on our pizza. It was amazing.

We spent a few days with her. We played a lot of cards and I read to her for hours. She smiled the whole visit. She was truly thankful for our visit. I left with a very happy heart.

I learned that year that sometimes its not about what you are thankful for. But rather, that doing something that makes someone else thankful for you, is just as important.

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  • D Steenhard November 30, 2010, 6:46 am

    Mr. Marc – we constantly remind everyone in our house it’s your heart that counts…and it’s important to have a good one. I always knew you had a good heart, and this just proves it. 🙂

  • B. Lyles December 9, 2010, 1:15 pm

    What a beautiful memory to share. Sometimes it’s easy to forget it’s not always about the lives that touch yours, but the ones that you’ve touched.

  • Christa Hill January 18, 2011, 3:33 pm

    I love this post. Thank you for sharing such a sweet memory. Your so right about what the Holidays are turning into. My mom’s side of the family spend the whole day eating and plotting out their shopping strategy, so that every woman in the family is strategically placed at one of the stores and buys everything “needed” for herself and the others at that store. That way, as a team, they get all the best deals from all the stores. It really makes me sick, and I have actually started spending Thanksgiving with my husbands side of the family because of this. They still remember what Thanksgiving is all about, and actually have everyone go around and tell what they are thankful for before someone says “Grace” and then they eat. Love the family time like this.

    • Marc Morgan January 18, 2011, 3:44 pm

      Being thankful is MUCH more important than shopping strategies!

  • Katie December 11, 2011, 11:44 pm

    I have a similar memory but for Christmas! When I was 17, the family got together for Christmas Eve like we always did at my grandmother’s house. But she had had surgery, and her children were generally too busy to cook a gigantic meal for everyone. Instead, they made homemade pizza, and we ate in the living room. No, it wasn’t a fancy meal at the dining room table like we normally had, but I remember how much more fun it was for everyone to be able to relax without stressing over every dish that had to be prepared. I wish we had more Christmas/Thanksgiving meals like that!

    • Marc Morgan December 16, 2011, 10:17 pm

      Thank you Katie for dropping by. The holiday season is so much more enjoyable when it is more about family and less about food and gifts.

      Not everyone has holiday pizza memories!

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