Thanksgiving and a Simple Question

The Homer Book (Simpsons Library of Wisdom)It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, in case you didn’t know. And that means food. Lots of food. I know that some people think it means being grateful for stuff, but this leads me to my blog topic o’ the day.

Why is it humans seem to have an innate need to make every holiday “mean” something?

All the good ones, at least. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, New Years, July 4–any day that might actually earn itself some individualized decorations. Halloween will be the next to fall. “Remember the true meaning of Halloween, kids. If you eat too much candy, demons will steal your soul and torment you forever.” Yeah yeah, I guess there’s that whole “holy day” origin of the word, but can’t we all just have some unabashed binge eating, followed by stomach aches and football? I’m thinking the trouble with Thanksgiving is it’s got that “thank” word right there in the name.

And that’s why I’m starting a petition to change the name from Thanksgiving to Foodsgiving. We can be thankful for stuff every day of the year–in fact, we should be thankful year round. Why have a special day for something we should all be doing all the time anyway? It doesn’t make any sense. What makes much more sense is to have a special day where we get to do stuff we’re not supposed to do the rest of the year. We’re not supposed to eat lots of meat and carbohydrates and sweet stuff. Everybody’s always telling us this. Well, Foodsgiving is the day you get to ignore all that helpful advice and eat eat eat eat eat eat eat.

At least, that’s what I plan to do. I’ll be very grateful and thankful while I’m doing it, too. πŸ™‚

Happy Foodsgiving, everybody. Go out and eat until you pop.


  • By GCC, November 24, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

    You are hilarious. Your blog has posts like your Sacrament meeting talk that are so profound and elevating, and then posts like this. Never a dull moment with you! πŸ™‚ I’m trying to make a shoofly pie this year – I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • By Bryce's Ramblings, November 24, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    I try to mix it up a bit. πŸ™‚ Good luck on the shoofly. As long as actual shoes aren’t involved, you’re doing it right.

  • By Garnet, November 24, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    Yeah, but what about all those talking-head types who love to give all those helpful hints on how to eat holiday healthy? (You know, fill up with celery sticks, put broth in the mashed potatoes instead of butter, etc) They will be so disappointed at sanctioned all-out gluttony.

  • By Bryce's Ramblings, November 24, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    Good riddance. πŸ™‚

  • By Michael, November 28, 2010 @ 2:25 am

    What we need is anarchy day. Okay, maybe anarchy might be taking it too far. Maybe just Guilt Free Night where we can do whatever we want and not feel guilty about it later.

    (or maybe that’s Mardi Gras.)

  • By Bryce's Ramblings, November 30, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    Guilt free night. I like it, although I worry too many lawsuits would result . . .

    Foodsgiving works for me for now. Although my waistline might object. Lucky for me, waistlines can’t sue. πŸ™‚

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