So, you’re sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey’s on the table, everyone’s announcing what they’re thankful for. Family, friends, mom’s delicious brussels sprouts casserole. All the usual stuff. Then, you chip in with a toast in honor of Anna Nicole Smith. Yes. Thanksgiving this year coincides with the birthday of the late model, actress, and television personality, Anna Nicole Smith – no better excuse to make another martini.
If people start to look confused, you could remind them that today is the anniversary of another great moment in US history: the first American automobile race, which took place in Chicago in 1895. Hmm, perhaps they were racing to get to Thanksgiving dinner before the turkey got cold.
Meanwhile, the British, on Thanksgiving, might be remembering the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the notorious prime minister who resigned on Thanksgiving Day in 1990. Or maybe they’re mourning the death-day of Enid Blyton, one of their beloved authors of astonishingly wholesome children’s books.
If you’re offered a slice of pumpkin pie, ask if there’s any mochi on offer. Mochi, the sweet Japanese rice cake typically filled with ice cream or bean paste, is traditionally served during the Buddhist festival, Hōonkō. Which – you’ve guessed it – is on Thanksgiving Day.
Finally, when you’re taking a family stroll after dinner, you might check to see how many people are flying the Albanian flag. If you don’t already know, that’s a red flag with a silhouetted black double-headed eagle. 28th November is Albanian Flag Day, after all.
While you’re having a great time on Thanksgiving, it might be nice to have a moment of silence for the 45 million turkeys that will be on the menu today. And, of course, the 50 million pumpkin pies on the menu with them. Surrounded by family and friends, turkey and pumpkin pie on the table, it’s easy to see why most Americans say Thanksgiving is their first or second favorite holiday.
What are you thankful for this year? We’re thankful that you read this article.