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Thanksgiving and My Ongoing Dilemma!

Updated on July 13, 2011

Seasonal Changes

Fall Leaves & Cool Breezes

I simply love the fall season with all its holidays, however every Thanksgiving there is an ongoing dilemma! I love the seasonal changes that begin to occur at the beginning of fall. As a child growing up in Tennessee, I got to experience the feeling of the crisp cool cleanliness in the air and got to eyewitness the beautiful bold colorful leaves that fall brings.

There’s nothing better than sitting on a hill experiencing a cool breeze, watching the leaves fall, and getting that feeling of anticipation that something wonderful is about to happen. So, was my dilemma that we were poor and Iexperienced a negative money glitch every Thanksgiving? No, not really! The fall season is the most plentiful time ofthe year if you live on a farm. Thecrops are in and the fall begins a time you can slow down from the fast pace ofthe summer. As a matter of fact, I loveThanksgiving and all the numerous traditions that it brings.

Thanksgiving Stories

My childhood stories consist of one main story that consistently repeated year after year; and most of that was fine with me except for the one dilemma I will discuss a little later. The main story begins right after Halloween; you knew Thanksgiving was coming because the wild turkeys would begin to attempt to hide and blend in with the woods. The cows and pigs would breathe a sigh of relief because they knew they did not have to worry this season. The chickens remained a little edgy; however, they knew if it was a “good year of plenty”they were not in much danger either. Perhaps only one of them would most likely be required for the cornbread dressing.

If you are a city dweller or a vegetarian, you’re probably a little grossed out about now, however, if you’ve lived on a farm then you know that this is a way of life. Growing upon a farm with the only source of income being generated through what you can plant,grow, and or produce; you don’t make pets of the livestock that you may have to sell or eat later on. In my early childhood my parents were true farmers and did not experience any money glitch situations by having to go to the market and purchase food. In the earlier years,trips to the store consisted of purchasing flour, sugar, and seasonings like baking powder, yeast and cloves. Everything else except for our Halloween candy was grown on the farm or procured though farmers’ bartering and trading. Moreover, a farm-raised Thanksgiving consists of great food (free from preservatives) and other holiday traditions.

Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Traditions

All Thanksgiving traditions began by way of a historic event. For that reason I thought it appropriate to provide a link to a video on The History of the Thanksgiving Holiday. And of course, you cannot have Thanksgiving without watching Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving.

From generation to generation all families have started traditions that occur during Thanksgiving. As a child I loved watching cartoons, going to parades, and eating, eating, and eating again. Traditions often times change over the years due to parents getting older; children getting married and developing their own family traditions; and jobs requiring families to move to other parts of the world. Now that I am older and my immediate family does not get together for this holiday mostly because of distance; I still hold to the tradition of watching cartoons, looking at Macy's Thanksgiving parades, and eating.

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My Favorite Thanksgiving Meal

My parents had six children so Thanksgiving meals were huge. Each sibling got to choose at least one vegetable or starch they would like to have for that special holiday meal. My mom, bless her loving heart, would start preparing dishes two days ahead of time. This was smart of course because we then would have leftovers for at least a couple of days. A typical meal for this holiday consisted of all farm-fresh, home-grown, preservative-free foods. My favorite meal would have:

Vegetable & Starch Dishes:

Meat Dishes

Breads

Desserts

So, after reading such an exquisite extravaganza I’m sure you are still wondering, what on earth is my dilemma that I wrote about in the beginning. O.k. here goes…

Everyone is Always Confused...

I want a special day with a birthday cake!
I want a special day with a birthday cake!

My Ongoing Dilemma with Thanksgiving

I’m sure by now you can tell that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday next to Christmas. I simply love everything about Thanksgiving except for one thing. My dilemma is that I was officially born on the Friday after Thanksgiving. All my life family and friends get so wrapped up in the festivities of the holiday that my birthday is very rarely officially celebrated. My loved one either thinks about it way too soon or way too late. Sure every 7 years the date of the 26th does happen to fall on Thanksgiving, but even when this happens, I still have no fond memories of receiving a birthday cake on that holiday. I can count on one hand the number of years that I’ve had a special birthday that was a day truly just for me.

Now that I’m older and no longer living on a farm; because of the added expenses and other money glitches that my family and friends have experienced over the years, gifts are small if and when the birthday is actually recalled. Needless to say, throughout my childhood and even now, I feel like my birthday has less importance than any of my loved ones. Birthdays like celebratory holidays are important within my family environment, however with mine everyone seems to always be confused. I’ve even threatened to change my birthday to another month just to get that special attention that everyone else does on their birthdays. Sigh! So, that’s the dilemma I have with Thanksgiving, however, this holiday is about having gratitude so let’s move on to my thankful list.

My Personal Thanksgiving List

My personal list for this holiday consists of being thankful for being happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise.

  • Happy – Thankful to be able to love and care for others and having the satisfaction of knowing that love and care is being returned to me bountifully.
  • Healthy - Grateful for the health of my family members that are still living, and thankful that the ones that were plagued with illnesses have found God’s grace and have moved on to a better place.
  • Wealthy – Thankful with the anticipation that one day all my material needs will be met and grateful that soon everyone that lost finances during this money glitch recession will recover.
  • Wise – Appreciative in knowing the ole saying of “this too shall pass” and thankful for learning the importance of showing gratitude in all situations. Bad situations help to mold you into becoming who you are meant to be; and gratitude enables you to handle the journey along the way.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Be sure to check out the other HubMob Thanksgiving traditions and stories below.

Thanksgiving with the HubMobsters

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HubMob graphic by ProCW

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    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      LOL Yes, It is truly something to be thankful for. As a matter of fact, I'm working on another hub for Thanksgiving that will discuss the joys of celebrating both the holiday and my birthday! Thanks Papa for dropping by and commenting!

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      Papa Sez 

      9 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

      Hi Money Glitch,

      I can only imagine how it's like growing up in your situation, especially you have other siblings' birthday to compare to. But now you are grown up, you might find it practical to have a double celebration each year, eh? And surely the family (and friends) will be there to celebrate both your birthday and Thanksgiving Day.

      Now, isn't that something to thank for? :)

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      LOL, You are right Putz, wild turkeys do tend to be tough with a strong "wild" taste if not prepared correctly. If I remember correctly the meat tends to be darker as well. Also, the season climate had something to do with whether or not the turkey would be good to eat.

      I was too young to remember all "the rules"; but only certain times did we have the wild turkeys...Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      9 years ago

      Love your menu and my wife usually cooks a turkey, she can gitr done as they say. Always moist and tender. Several uyears ago a family member brought a wild turkey to our family Thanksgiveing dinner. I was somewhat disappointed and that is probably because the one who prepared it didn't know the cooking secrets that you do. Best I remember it was a little on the tough side and now that I am thinking about it, reminds me of the movie where Clark Griswold's family was sitting around the table eating some pretty tough turkey. Thanks for sharing.

      Robert Ballard

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      myownworld 

      9 years ago from uk

      another great hub....that leaves you with a warm feeling and a smile! i too love the fall season (in uk they call it autumn) and I loved the pics you added along..! keep posting...

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Aqua and Princessa, I've learned over the years to celebrate my birthday whenever it is remembered. Last year I got well wishes and gifts throughout the week; so I just enjoyed my birthday for the entire week!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      This topic is making me really hungry...

      I hope you have a great birthday this year!

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      Aqua 

      9 years ago from California

      Nice hub! I was born on Easter so I kind of know what you mean. I think you should do something really special and out of the ordinary for yourself on your big day!

    • Money Glitch profile imageAUTHOR

      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for your support and sharing your stories Storytellersrus and rmcrayne, Wow I guess I'll stop complaining about being born near Thanksgiving. I think I'll stay with that holiday rather than Valentine's or Christmas, WoW double bummer...

      But, at least now I know that others are aware of the pain and share in the experience of a birthday somewhat forgotten. Hey maybe all the people that have birthdays near holidays should form a club and have one big party...LOL!

    • rmcrayne profile image

      rmcrayne 

      9 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Similar menus I see! I could get on board with adding greens to the feast. Know what you mean about the BD. My sister's is 28 Dec. Always knew she got a bum deal.

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      Barbara 

      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      haha, I totally get your dilemma because my birthday is two days before Valentine's Day, which means I get a bouquet of roses somewhere around February 11 and the celebration ends! Birthdays fall at such awkward times. My mother's was five days before Christmas and she had a twin and grew up during the Depression. Receiving an ORANGE was a huge gift that she remembers to this day! Hugs, Buddy! Great hub.

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