As an adult, I've decided that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I'm not a holiday person, mostly because I don't like the religious implications of most holidays, in addition to the obligations that go along with them. For instance, I don't like dressing up (Halloween), and I think Valentine's Day is pretty dumb (even if I have someone with whom to share it). The 4th of July would be fun if I had any affection for the government (maybe that will change in a few years), and the only reason St. Patrick's day has endured is because it's all about alcohol. So is New Year's Eve. What else is there? Christmas/Easter=the birth/rise of Christ=big fat no. All the others are just excuses to take a day off from work (or school), and nobody really does anything for them.
But it's more than a process of elimination. I like Thanksgiving because it encompasses all the happy good things of other major American families without all the religion and pagan traditions. The point is simply to get together with the people you love and appreciate them. And eat a ton of food, which you also appreciate. Plus, it's on a Thursday, so you have to take Friday to digest.
The traditional Thanksgiving meal consists of an enormous turkey, mashed potatos, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and any selection of an assortment of fall harvest foods. Lots of vegetables, lots of tubers, lots of butter and cream, lots of lots. If you're in Maine, it might also include raw oysters. I'm actually not that fond of the meal, but I'm not going to complain about something someone else cooks for me once a year. It's fantastic. I think I'm actually lucky that I don't love it, because it keeps me from eating too much.
Where was I going with this? Well, I usually go to Maine for Thanksgiving. I think that's why I love it; it's traditional and it's not my own family, so it's stress-free. Well, plans are different this year: I'm staying in CT. B and I are cooking our own Thanksgiving dinner, just the two of us. We decided that since neither of us are crazy about turkey (or the idea of cooking one), that B would make a rib roast. I'm making the appetizers (all recipes learned from SPR), stuffing, squash, and pumkin pie. B's also making salad and enough mashed potatoes for himself.
We'll be taking pictures.