I have experienced (but have not necessarily hosted) Thanksgiving dinners that have ranged from a Martha Stewart affair to something out of The Beverly Hillbillies. Thanksgiving doesn't seem to carry the same weight here in Canada as it does in the States - it’s pretty safe to say that we tend to reserve our real disasters for Christmas. Yup, we've had some doozies.
I like to divide Thanksgiving into two columns:
- Turkey or microwave lasagna
- Simmered cranberries in orange sauce or that squishy red log that comes out of a can with a thwup sound
- Warm, steamy pumpkin muffins made from scratch or that frozen pie you slide into the oven and ends up charred on the edges
- Green bean casserole or… er, sorry, I don't have a B column for that one. As a Canadian, I don't understand bean casserole. I think it belongs in both columns.
- A time to embrace your family or a time to watch them while they have a full blown smack down fight about past wrongs
- Whipped cream or edible oil product
- Checking out the corn maze or trying to find a parking spot at the mall on Black Friday
- Ralph Lauren or ugly Christmas sweaters
- Macy's Parade or traffic jams getting to Mom's house
- Cabernet or Bud Light
- The sweet scent of good cooking or Uncle Edgar's post-meal farts
Which is your Thanksgiving? I sincerely hope that even with all its disasters, my American friends have a happy, healthy and stress-free weekend.