632 Steinbach Nutcracker The Thanksgiving Man
The German word Erntedankfest meaning a
festival for giving thanks to a successful harvest, does not at all
capture the true meaning of what is probably the biggest holiday in the
USA. Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday in the latter half of
November and is usually celebrated over the entire weekend. The enormous
traffic jams on streets and highways which then result become a major
cause for concern for everyone.
I was once invited as a guest of the
Wenzel family of St. Louis to a Thanksgiving feast by Mrs. Margaret, the
buyer for Dillardís Dept. Stores. Her youngest niece had organized the
affair, but every guest brought something along and contributed to the
meal. The entire family was assembled when the huge traditional turkey
with all the trimmings arrived on the dinner table. The head of the
household made a little speech and then we all thanked God in prayer for
all His gifts and blessings of the past year.
And then came the pumpkin pie! My
goodness, the last time I had pumpkin was at my grandmotherís! But now
there were pumpkins everywhere, small ones and large ones all over the
place. In the yard, in front of the house, on the window sill, in the
hotel, at the airport ó pumpkins everywhere I turned! The
quintessentialy American variety of oversized ripe, orange-colored
pumpkins are truly Americaís pride and joy!
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