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Old 26th November 2015, 01:55   #1 (permalink)
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving folks, I couldn't resist it Hope you all have a great day

"The president questioned whether Honest and Abe had rededicated their lives to being good turkey citizens, but went ahead with the pardons anyway.

America is after all a country of second chances, and this turkey has earned a second chance to live out his life comfortably," Mr. Obama said."

President Obama pardons a turkey or two - CBS News
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Old 26th November 2015, 07:29   #2 (permalink)
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Is it true that British people are starting to celebrate Thanksgiving in UK? If so, why?

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving

Its celebrated around the world, we have a friend who is hosting a big party today, he is married to a Texan.
I think if you read the last line on the UK paragraph there is a clue as to why.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanks...United_Kingdom

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Howdy pardners , happy pumpkin pie day to all you Yankee range riders.....


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As a kid I lived on a farm about two miles outside a small village in Kansas. It was the day before Thanksgiving 1952 and we heard on the radio that an especially fierce blizzard was headed our way, so my mother took my baby brother and went to town to stock up before it hit.


In those days, if a storm hit, the roads would always be blocked with drifts, the electricity went out, and the raging wind and snow caused what is called a whiteout, literally eliminating visibility. It seems to me that winters then had more snow, were colder, and lasted longer.

My mother got to town but the storm hit so fast and hard that she got stuck there and had to stay with some friends. That left my old man and me to tend to the 100 plus cattle, nearly as many pigs, lots of chickens, a couple of horses and other assorted members of the farm menagerie. The wind raised hell, often up to or over 60 miles per hour constantly, hour on end. Off course the electricity went out almost immediately and we used kerosene lamps for light. Luckily we had a propane gas fed floor furnace which needed no electric fan so we stayed warm.

Getting to the barn, which was about a hundred yards from the house, was no fun. In preparation for blizzards, we would tie a rope from the house to a small shed a about 15 feet from the house, then tied another on to a work shed closer to the barn, and then another rope from there out to the barn. We did this to guide us because neither the barn, nor any of the out buildings could be seen from the house. Once you stepped outside, you were quite literally blind. Farmers in the Great Plains of the Midwestern USA have been found frozen to death wandering in circles in a blizzard whiteout just a few feet from their house. However, regardless of the weather, the cattle, hogs and other farm animals had to be tended to...twice a day!

First I had to break the ice on the stock tank and attempt to start the oil heater in it, which often blew out during a storm and which, when working, kept the stock tank from freezing solid in the minus 30 to 40 degree cold. In the barn we could take care of the animals, it took a couple of hours to feed them and bring down straw for their bedding. I would then follow the fence line to the hog house, next to the chicken house and then back to the barn. I then had another exhausting walk back to the house. The wind was so fierce you had to turn your head away just to get your breath. Even opening the door to the enclosed porch attached to the house was extremely difficult because of the strong blizzard wind.

Since my mother had been unable to get back with our groceries, and since the old man was not a cook, we ate fried eggs mixed with sliced potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner that year (and every other meal for that matter).

That storm raged on for several days and when it finally lifted we waited another day thinking the snow plow would come. However, it could not get to our place because the drifts were so high and the going was slow. So we hitched a trailer to our tractor and rode the crest of the snow to town, literally over the tops of the fence posts and brought home my mother, my brother and our Thanksgiving dinner. Although late, THAT dinner was one I was REALLY thankful for.

Any time I started to think that Army basic training, advanced infantry training, or drowning in the pool during military scuba training was difficult, all I had to do was think about what life was like on the farm in Kansas, that made going through difficult situations seem easy in comparison.
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Never mind ME you've got Turkey this year !
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ME, thanks for sharing that memory I really enjoyed reading it, you captured the essence of a moment of social history, personal to yourself & now I'm waiting for the next instalment

Martin, thanks for the link, I enjoyed reading & learning more about the various ways Thanksgiving is celebrated around the world, who knew!

The thread was started very much 'tongue in cheek', but as always you guys have added interesting info & dimensions
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Is it true that British people are starting to celebrate Thanksgiving in UK? If so, why?

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An American lady said to me: You don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Britain, do you?'.

I said, Yes we do! We celebrate the fact that the Pilgrim Fathers left our shores and took their loony tunes ideas somewhere else!
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An American lady said to me: You don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Britain, do you?'.

I said, Yes we do! We celebrate the fact that the Pilgrim Fathers left our shores and took their loony tunes ideas somewhere else!
Actually true, most Americans never think about that part of the reason a lot of nut cases went to the "New World." Christian Fundamentalism has been a thorn in the side of the Constitution ever since.

The US Constitution addresses the issue of religion in two places:
  1. The First Amendment, which prohibits the federal government from making a law "respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".
  2. Article VI prohibition on religious tests as a condition for holding public office.

Right wing Republican religious fundamentalists nutters want to make Christianity the official religion and do away with all secularism.
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