Okay, I’m not really an anti-Thanksgiving nut. In fact I like almost everything about the holiday: gathering with family, eating turkey (why don’t we eat turkey throughout the year?), pumpkin pie – heck, I love the whole meal! And I enjoy watching the Thanksgiving Day parade (although it’s changed into a bunch of performances from Broadway musicals strung together by floats, balloons and marching bands). This year one of my daughter’s friends will be in the parade, which should add to the interest in our household.
I love NFL games, and this year will probably be unique in that the games should be competitive and exciting. I even enjoy the Westminster Dog Show – I kind of wish they’d get Fred Willard to co-host it! Our family has a tradition of going to see a movie on Thanksgiving evening and this year we’ll be seeing the Muppets, which I’m looking forward to.
And the very foundational reason for Thanksgiving is so important – especially as our society has become more and more whiney and ungrateful. I’m glad that our year has a built-in, attention-getting, normal-life-halting day to force people to at least consider what they’ve been blessed with and encouraging them to be thankful. I know that many people don’t direct their gratitude toward God, but that doesn’t change the fact that He is the source of every good and perfect gift.
I haven’t read any of the books nor have I seen any of the films, but it’s nearly impossible to avoid the hype of this phenomenon. The box office for the latest film, Breaking Dawn, has been impressive, indicating the rabid fan base for the books and films.
I just read an article in Entertainment Weekly in which a NYC obstetrician, Fahimeh Sasan, weighs in on the birth scene in the film (I guess they have a baby vampire – how sweet). The story definitely strays from the typical experience most women have in giving birth, but I guess, when the father is a vampire, you should expect a few differences. I guess Edward chews through the amniotic sac… maybe we should swap out our post-Thanksgiving meal movie from The Muppets to Breaking Dawn. tasty.
So, here you have my caricature of Edward saying, “I do” at his wedding in the woods. I wonder what kind of cake they had – type A or B?