Paul the Pilgrim Celebrates Thanksgiving

Monday, November 09, 2009

This is Paul the Pilgrim.

He appears on the Jerkins' kitchen countertop every year after Halloween is over. He joins the almost-empty pumpkin jar of candy corn and helps us set our minds on Thanksgiving.

I love Thanksgiving.

and I believe that, as time goes by, Thanksgiving is getting dissed.

Who doesn't love Thanksgiving? It's a day to EAT. It's a day to be AMERICAN. It's a day that involves no religious or heavy cultural implications. You can't disgree with anyone for celebrating Thanksgiving, unless you hate America. [And if you dislike America that much, then you should maybe think of relocating?]

Notwithstanding that growing up, my school mascot for 14 years was a turkey--and I have a soft spot for turkeys--Thanksgiving deserves its brief time in the sun.

Beyond fixing an extravagant meal, the expectations are few. The traditions do not carry all of this if-we-don't-do-such-and-such-we-do-every-year-I-will-just-be-crushed mish-mash.

The absence of such emotional baggage is more precious to me the further into adulthood I travel.

All of this aside, the Jerkins do NOT decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. My husband is even stringent about avoiding hearing Christmas music until the Friday after Thanksgiving. Now, I understand that the retail industry in America now commences Christmas celebrations on November 1st...but the Jerkins do not.

We continue to enjoy our pumpkins and harvest-y additions to the house. And we enjoy Paul the Pilgrim.

Some other delightful Thanksgiving items:

Acorn candle-filler stuff, here:

Nut wreath, I LOVE YOU! [here]

Delightful turkey plate [here]

Please don't misunderstand: I love Christmastime. I love yuletide glee. But I love celebrating at its appropriate time. In the appropriate season.

'Tis the season to celebrate giving thanks!

...for we have a lot for which to be thankful.


  1. Thanks for reminding me to pull out my acorns. :)

  2. here here! you won't see any christmas spirit at my house until december either. long live thanksgiving!

  3. I love Thanksgiving even more now that I am an expat!

  4. I'm totally with you on the "no Christmas til after Thanksgiving" rule and definitely scolded a coworker the other day when Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" came wailing out of her cubicle! So enjoyed our dinner last night...we must do that again soon!


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