I find Thanksgiving to be the worst holiday of the year (then again I don't like any holiday with my family). It's a load of crap. In fact I'd much rather take a nice big crap then get together with my family for these sorts of occasions. Anyway, people say around Thanksgiving that they are thankful to have food to eat. Which is a good thing of course to be thankful of but then we go and over-indulge in the food we are thankful for. I'm sure that starving people around the world just LOVE this American holiday of classic over-indulgence. We force more and more food into ourselves until we start staggering around drunk on the tryptophan in the turkey. A tradition in my family has been to eat until you nearly pass out and have to lie prostrate on the floor and unbuckle your belt or unbutton that top button on your pants. I have eaten so much damn turkey over the Thanksgiving's of the past that the thought of turkey and Thanksgiving just makes me want to honk as if I'd drank 20 beers and 10 shots of Jager.
Then of course there is the lovely tension in the family that allows leads to fighting over political and religious differences. Which is a perfect way to celebrate a holiday which originally celebrated being thankful to live in a land where a person had freedom of religion and political positions. In our family it seems that no one wants to get together but we get together anyway because that is what families "do." I think that is why my parents have called off Thanksgiving for this year. There is just too much tension and division over politics and religious issues right now. For that matter Christmas has been cancelled as well.
Anyway, my wife and I are going to a friend's house this Thanksgiving where we are actually allowed and encouraged to have an alcoholic drink with Thanksgiving dinner. In my wife's family and my own we are not allowed to drink anything alcoholic during Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners because half these families are Mormon. They can't stand watching you have a little wine in front of them! OH MY GOD!!!!! I'm drinking WINE!!!! I must be going to HELL!!! I know, drinking wine is just like shooting up heroin. If I can drink some wine this Thanksgiving with our friend's family then I don't think I'll ever do the family Thanksgiving ever again. Sometimes you just feel more comfortable and accepted by friends more then family.
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