Thanksgiving dinner is the centerpiece for any Turkey Day celebration.
Family and friends are gathered around to chat, reminisce and enjoy
a delicious Thanksgiving dinner while giving thanks for the spoils
that life has offered.
Thanksgiving dinner is typically a time for peace, harmony, joy
and feeling of warmth and goodwill toward those you love. Or, it
can be a dysfunctional, raging, traumatic, hellacious moment that
no one will ever forget. These types of Thanksgiving dinners are
the most entertaining, so let's talk more about these here.
While some Thanksgiving dinners are fraught with peace, love and
understanding most are not. Family conflicts, skeletons and unspoken
grudges seem to come out during more than one Thanksgiving dinner
In the corner, may be Uncle Fred touching himself or Aunt Lacey
getting plastered and over-kissing all the kids. Sibling jealousy,
mom likes you best, you never gave me a pony talk all seems to come
out before, during or after Thanksgiving dinner.
What is supposed to be a happy time of giving thanks and enjoying
the harmony of one another, will mean an expedited trip to the therapist's
office shortly thereafter. Besides the internal emotional conflicts
going on there may also be a football game on TV and too much alcohol
being imbibed in the backroom.
Nothing loosens inhibitions and brings out family drama like a
little too much alcohol. But, then again, what would Thanksgiving
dinner be without a little fine Mogan David or Ernest & Julio
Gallo wine at the table? Everyone knows that the finest wines come
from either a box or a big jug.
No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without first hopping
the kids up on sugar, letting them run around like wild Indians
and then expecting them to sit quietly at the table and act civilized
during this autumn celebration. Yes, Thanksgiving dinner is a time
for the kids to fight over the turkey leg, wishbone and mashed potatoes
and is good training for many years of Thanksgiving dinners yet
to come where they will continue to fail to get their needs met
in any significant way and pass on the family drama and trauma to
their own kids.
Then again some people have gotten smart and for Thanksgiving dinner
they eat out.