Thanksgiving luau? Why
Six days from now, most of us will be sitting
around the television -- err, table -- somewhere enjoying (what we hope
will be) a scrumptious holiday feast. If you're into tradition, you'll
probably be having turkey, dressing, potatoes and pumpkin pie, or lasagna
or gumbo or whatever your tradition happens to be.
The holidays have a reputation as a familial
powder keg ready to ignite at the first look from Uncle Bob or a snippy
comment from Aunt Gert. I do not have holidays like that, but sometimes
I wish I did. At my house, the holidays can be summed up in one word: Boring,
with a capital Z.
My family consists of my mother, my brother,
my son and an occasional visit from Uncle Sonny (who we all dearly love).
Holidays consist of the same old meal taking place in the same old silence
Well, since it's highly unlikely that the
boring holidays -- including Christmas -- will be abolished anytime soon,
I decided that it was time to jazz things up a bit. The first year of our
non-traditional Thanksgiving, we had a fiesta complete with fajitas, salsa
and margaritas. Last year, I went all out and had a tropical luau.
Now, this may sound totally wacked out,
but hey, if you have to stare at someone in silence, it's much more amusing
to stare at them wearing plastic leis and a magenta straw hat.
At this time, I am still struggling with
what to do this year, and I'm down to two options -- and both will involve
turkey because we've already gotten the free one from Randalls and I have
no intention of letting it take up space in my freezer for another year:
Option 1: Cajun, complete with deep-fried
turkey, dirty rice, gumbo and pecan pie.
Option 2: Traditional, really traditional,
complete with pilgrim hats and Indian headdress -- and maybe a bonfire.
Anyway, you get the point. Just because
another holiday is coming, it doesn't mean that it has to be boring. Not
everyone has family that is close by, and some may not have family at all,
so why not try something really wacky to spice up the day? It's your day,
and you can celebrate it any way you want.
No matter how you choose to carry out the
celebration of Thanksgiving, it's important to remember that this is a
day for giving thanks. Here are just some of the things I'm thankful for:
• Family and friends
• Imagination and abilities
• Financial aid
• My annual bonus from work
• The chance to learn so much at this university
• George W. Bush still isn't president
• That I will never have to miss a single
minute of General Hospital because of an apartment fire, overturned
18-wheeler or Peter Jennings showing videotape or live footage of a ridiculous
political press conference ever again (thank you, SoapNet!)
Most of all, I am thankful that I have
the opportunity to write for this newspaper every week and that at least
three people are reading my column and have sent e-mails.
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!