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Jesse's Blog 38 - Thanks!2018.11.25


Jesse's Blog 38 - Thanks!

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I am writing this blog on Thursday, November 22nd, which is Thanksgiving Day in America.  Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and it might be my favorite holiday of the year.
 
Thanksgiving is a food holiday.  Everything is focused on eating and drinking as much as possible, for as long as possible.  The food should be home cooked too, not from a restaurant.  It’s also usually a family holiday, where the whole family gets together and eats and drinks.  For people who can’t go home for Thanksgiving, it can be a friends holiday, where all the people who can’t go home celebrate with each other instead.
 
In my family, Thanksgiving wasn’t a very important holiday.  My parents and my brother and I were the only members of our family that lived in Maine, so travelling to see the rest of our family was difficult.  Instead, we just celebrated with the four of us, which is a really small number for Thanksgiving.  Also, my father is really good at cooking, so our family always ate really great meals.  Making a great meal for Thanksgiving and eating it with just the four of us, wasn’t really very different than any other night.
 
That changed for me when I moved to Los Angeles.  Most people in Los Angeles are not actually from Los Angeles.  They moved there to become actors or singers, or chase some other dream.  That means all my friends were far from home too, so we had Thanksgiving together.  Every year we celebrated Thanksgiving with everybody we knew who wasn’t going home, even people we didn’t know very well.  Usually 20-30 people came to our Thanksgiving parties.  That was an entirely new experience for me!
 
One tradition of a big Thanksgiving, is that everybody has to cook and bring one dish.  That makes it easier for the host.  Usually the host is in charge of cooking the main dish, which is usually a whole turkey, and everybody else brings side dishes like mashed potato and green bean casserole.  I always cooked extra, so for my last Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, I was the host, and I cooked for 24 hours with no sleep to prepare for it.  I made turkey, meatloaf, pasta, salad, different kinds of gravy, biscuits, and more.  Over 40 people came to that Thanksgiving and we ate and drank for more than 12 hours.  It was one of my most memorable times in Los Angeles.
 
There is one other special Thanksgiving tradition.  During dinner, everybody will make a toast.  Each person at the table, one at a time, stands up and says “thank you”.  They talk about all the things that they appreciate from that year, such as “I want to say ‘thank you’ to my Mother, for supporting me while I was sick last spring, and to my friends for helping me quit smoking.”  After they finish, everybody raises their glass and says ‘cheers’.  It’s embarrassing when it’s your turn, but it’s a nice experience.
 
What’s your favorite holiday?
 

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