What’s the difference between a turkey and an American?
Turkeys get stuffed on Thanksgiving, but Americans get stuffed every day.
Millions of Americans get stuffed two or three times day. Most fill up with prepared foods and snacks at home and on fast foods and snacks when they’re not at home. It’s the western way. If you don’t like hamburgers, soda, cookies and other similar stuffings, you’re often ridiculed by the masses who do.
McDonald’s is the #1 most visited business overall in the US. Huffington Post. Eating fast is America’s favorite pastime. In fact, it’s a sport. Check out Major League Eating for current records on competitive eaters stuffing themselves with everything from turkeys to pumpkin pies to cow brains.
Eating is the secret hobby that will never show up on hobby lists. But Americans love to eat. In fact, the US holds the record as the most obese nation in the world. Reuters. Watch Fast Food Nation to see how this came to be.
Thanksgiving is one of the few days a year when many Americans observe food in an old fashioned kind of way, by pulling out their food processors and making home cooked meals. For decades, western women have been programmed to believe that cooking is drudgery. So Thanksgiving is one of the few days a year when women bother to cook. Men drink as they entertain the kids and watch TV. Beer commercials, football, truck commercials, parades, pharmaceutical commercials and the evening news help to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
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Thanksgiving is one day of the year when you can find all-you-can-eat buffets in homes throughout the country. It takes plenty of time and money to pull off this annual feast. Moms and grandmas spend hours shopping, planning, decorating, baking, stuffing turkeys and teaching the younger women the right way to make the family’s sweet stuffings. I remember my first Thanksgiving with my new mother-in-law. She put me in charge of the sweet potatoes and later told me that I didn’t do it right because my recipe didn’t include marshmallows. I failed one of the initial rites of passage into the family tribe.
On Thanksgiving Day Americans celebrate the stuffing of turkeys and the stuffing of people. This is followed by Black Friday, one of the biggest sales day of the year. This four-day weekend is the kickoff to the holiday shopping season and celebration time for retailers.
On Thanksgiving we’re supposed to take time out to be appreciative. But between all the shopping, traffic lights, cooking, cleaning, drinking, eating, watching commercials and playing games and there’s little time or patience left over to take time to say thank you to anyone who isn’t a sales clerk. If this sounds familiar, perhaps it’s time to simplify your life.
We could be thankful that we have enough food to stuff everyone in the country, but unfortunately, some people become obese while others go hungry. We could be thankful for the four-day holiday, but it probably does more harm than good to most people’s health and finances.
You may not be able to change holiday traditions for everyone in the country, but you can begin by making changes in your own traditions. Perhaps you’d like to eat something other than turkey this year?
If you’re concerned about gaining weight through this year’s holiday season, check out the Film Diet Plan. With some thoughtful planning, you can find ways to do less stuffing and more thanking. Are you ready to answer the question, “what are you doing for Thanksgiving this year?”
Everyone was finally seated around the table ready to dig in to Thanksgiving dinner when little Joey picked up his fork and began to eat.
“Wait Joey,” his mother said. “You can’t eat until we say grace.”
“We don’t need to pray here,” he said.
“Of course we do. You know we always pray before we eat at home.”
“That’s at our house,” he replied. “but this is grandma’s house and she knows how to cook.” SHE