The Thanksgiving Pledge


Yesterday I went to my favorite hair salon to get a hair cut.  I couldn’t believe the shop had already put up its Christmas tree and decked its halls to the Yuletide “nines.”


I drove downtown to show off my new haircut and discovered the city workers putting up the Christmas lights.  Hey wait, Fellas.  It’s not even Thanksgiving yet.  Are we skipping my second favorite holiday this year?

I went home and settled down with the remote control and watched an all night Christmas movie marathon on the Hallmark Channel.  What’s going on here, have we lost our minds?

You all know that I have a zillion and one pet peeves, but my main most one is the marginalizing of Thanksgiving.  I advocate following the Canadian tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving the second week of October so it can get its proper “due.”

The man on the street throws up his hands, stating, “Unemployment is up. Foreclosures are up. Bank balances are down. What have we got to be thankful for? War? Starvation? Poverty? National economies tanking?”


Sadly, Halloween gets more attention than this beautiful day when we once celebrated our gratitude and blessings.  Thanksgiving is a throw-away holiday. It isn’t marketable and therefore it generates no tax revenue. It just makes good business sense to cancel it, insist the jaded marketers.

I heard that the big box stores will move up their Black Friday promotions to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.  This is just  WRONG,

Believing in the beauty and simplicity of Thanksgiving, I commit myself to the following

1. To focus on my blessings and the people I love for the next 12 days;

2.  To do one thing each day to prepare for Thanksgiving – whether it’s making a special recipe to freeze or getting out the good china so I don’t feel like I’ve been hit by a hurricane when Thanksgiving arrives.

3.  To commit to paper each day five things for which I’m grateful.

9 thoughts on “The Thanksgiving Pledge

  1. I am going to commit to this also, thanks for the Ideas!!!

    Someday there will NO traditions left!! I am staying to the right!

  2. Well…let me remind you that Thanksgiving is well and alive at the home of Tom’s and Chester’s. Attached find our menu for 20 to sit down to a Celebration of Thanksgiving and Family on Thanksgiving’s Day at 3PM.

    Come Join US:

    Celebration of Thanksgiving 2012 at Dr. Tom’s and Mr. Chester’s Home

    “Laissez les bons temps rouler”

    Ross’ and Emmett’s Cranberry Salad
    Doug Darwin’s Turkey and Dressing
    Tom’s and Chester’s Turkey and Dressing
    Ron’s and Ken’s Bean Casserole
    Gabi’s and Del’s Maque Choux Laissez les bons temps rouler
    Dan’s and David’s Famous Mash Potatoes
    Gabi’s Spiral Cut Ham
    Bill’s and Bruce’s Vegetarian Delight
    Chester’s Southern Giblet Gravy
    Richard’s Pickles, Cocktail Onions and Black Olives
    Tom Gass’ Candied Sweet Potatoes
    Wayne’s and Liviu’s Wine and Cranberry Sauces
    Bill’s and Bruce’s “Bill’s Sunday Millionaire go to Meeting Pie”
    Chester’s Coconut Cake
    Jerry’s and Harvey’s Distilled Spirits
    Gabe’s Pumpkin Pie and Whipped Cream
    Wine provided by Wayne, Liviu and others

    Friendship, Love, Family and Fellowship Provided by Everyone

  3. I was in a Hobby lobby in September where I could purchase 4th of July items on sale, Halloween, thanksgiving & Christmas items. Thanksgiving had about the same amount of space as the July clearence items! I love thanksgiving and am with you on this one!

  4. Lordy Chet. Can I come? Never heard of a feast like this. The neat thing is you’re not the one having to do ALL the cooking so you won’t be so exhausted to enjoy the occasion. Sounds delectable. Can I get the Sunday Millionaire go to meeting pie recipe? And giblet gravy has always been my nemesis. Just CANNOT make it without lumps Do you do milk gravy or the broth based? I’m also collectng dressing recipes – I’m sure yours is Southern Cornbread based, right?

  5. Emily: I make the cornbread dressing, not by receipt but just from doing it so many years and watching Margaret, Bette, my Mom and other making it.

    Two days before Thanksgiving ( or when you are going to make the dressing) make the cornbread. I just use sunflower Cornbread mix, but I make 3 cups of cornbread mix and put in 1/2 to 1 cup of flour. The flour holds the dressing together. After the cornbread is cooked and cools, you break if into pieces and store it in a safe place so it can dry out. The day you make the dressing: First I cup up 4 boiled egs., 2 cups of celery, 1 white onion and 1 red onion, 2 jalapenos,
    add a bunch of Poultry Seasoning..I’m talking two tables spoons. mix all the ingredience together with the crumbled cornbread. Use the dripping from cooking the turkey and add 4 eggs to the mixture. Make it the same consistency that you make cornbread. I use broth as the liquid in the mixture. It can be turkey, chicken, veggie, etc. Just something with a little taste. Then you add salt and pepper to taste and it’s ready to bake. Make sure that you make it thin enough so the finished product is not dry when it is finished cooking. I cook it about 20 minutes at 350 until it’s done. Well the only thing that needs to be done are the eggs. This should make a really light fluffy Cornbread Dressing. You can make this the last thing that goes in the over before you sit down. If I do have the turkey alread craved, I will take some breast and leg meat, pull it into threads and add it to the mixture. This really is quite simple and believe me. Everyone loves it.

  6. what I failed to say is that all ingredients need to be chopped up in small pieces. The boiled eggs have to be diced.

  7. I’ll have to get you the “Sunday go to Meeting Pie” from Bill. He says that his mom made it ever sunday. No one says it’s good for you, but it is a great tasting desert. Bill was raised in the “Boot Hills of Mo.”

  8. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4
    year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

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