As usual for me, the holidays take forever to get here, then zip on by during the last week of waiting for them. I have prepared almost nothing due to not living in my own home, and I’m sad that I cannot celebrate and decorate in a way that is much more appropriate for me.
Rather than making real food from scratch, I’ll be reheating some Tofurky with vegetables (mushrooms, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and potatos), gravy, and I think I’ll even have a large salad. It’s still going to be a great meal, just not something homemade. I don’t know what I would have prepared, but hopefully I can start looking into that next year.
I would like to learn more accurately the history of thanksgiving. If what I do know is correct, we should probably all be celebrating this holiday every year with a local native American family or community, just as the first one was. I don’t know what else would be most appropriate, but that alone seems like a great idea. How else to better understand the land one lives in as a polytheistic reconstructionist, and show some appreciation for living here, than to listen to the stories of the descendants of the first people, over a peaceful dinner?
That will only be a question I can best answer with time. For this year, it will just be a family dinner that I struggle to eat, as I’ll be surrounded by the stench of death that we’ve been told is tradition, which probably isn’t historically accurate.