Friday, November 17, 2000 Volume 66, Issue 64



Thanksgiving luau? Why not?

Margaret Mitchell

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 (zzzzzzz).

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!

Mitchell, a junior political science major, 
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