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Our View: Be thankful, not grumpy on Thanksgiving

Updated: December 24, 2012 7:09AM



Americans can be grumpy.

Thank goodness for Thanksgiving.

But if the holiday grumpies have taken control of you, here are antidotes for Thanksgiving Day:

1) Thanks for no warlords and land mines. If you are among the millions on this planet who face war, famine, pestilence and poverty every day, the reasons to give thanks are somewhat less obvious than ours. We will wake up this morning and not worry that armed rebel militias will be driving through town shooting everyone in sight.

2) Thanks for generosity. There is no price on helping those who need help and, surprise, that makes your life better, too. Take food to a pantry. Share dinner at a church with those with far less than you. Teach your kids that sharing a good life with others enriches the giver even more than the receiver. Want a happier life? Try it. It works.

3) Thanks for a full tank of gas. We are a nation perpetually in motion, and is there anything more fun than visiting for a Thanksgiving dinner? About 44 million, 0.7 percent more than last year, will drive or fly 50 miles or more.

We assume recreational travel is a right. But millions of refugees will go to sleep on Thanksgiving evening in a foreign land where they fled to escape military murder and national insanity.

You’re sure you’re not thankful?

4): Thanks for the bird. Give it up for the pure joy of a well-cooked turkey. If you hate turkey, we suspect you have bigger troubles than grumpiness. Forty eight million turkeys will meet their maker on Thanksgiving, which means 738 million pounds. How do we love thee? Eighty-eight percent of Americans will eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

5) Thanks to the Wampanoag Indians. We honor the Plymouth Puritans for celebrating the first Thanksgiving. But Puritans were not partiers. They were planning three days of fast and prayer to celebrate that the New World had not killed them. If you like Thanksgiving, congratulate the Wampanoag who insisted on their tradition of food, dancing and celebration for their new friends.

The Puritans of Massachusetts went along. They were grumpy.

Don’t be a Puritan on Thanksgiving.



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