Thanksgiving – The Greatest of All Holidays
There was an internet meme that went around a few years ago on Facebook, basically a 20 questions about yourself sort of thing. I usually avoid them, but this particular one caught my eye. I didn’t play along, but my dad, who doesn’t even get on Facebook all that often, did. I didn’t learn a lot about him that I didn’t already know, but there was one thing in there that fascinated me. His favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
It wasn’t a surprise that he selected Thanksgiving, everyone loves Thanksgiving (or at least you should). We can argue all day about how cruel of a holiday it really is: “Hi Indians, let’s have this awesome meal cause we’re really hungry. Don’t worry, we’ll give you a fun day before we start slaughtering you and taking all your land.” All genocide aside, the holiday is a pretty good one; a day of family and friends and some time to ponder and express the things we are thankful for. Giving thanks on Thanksgiving – who would have thought?
Back to my dad…his reason for loving Thanksgiving was really interesting to me and truly proved I am my father’s son. His reason? The smell. He added in that he loves having his kids wandering through the kitchen all day and the moments of thanks, but his real pleasure was derived from the smell of Thanksgiving.
I too am in love with the smell of Thanksgiving. No holiday smells quite like it. Maybe it’s the turkey, maybe it’s the sudden appearance of sage in the air. It’s truly a combination of thousands of different smells, things so familiar that on Thanksgiving morning, you have no doubt what day it is. It’s the smell of family, of tradition, of recipes handed down, and new flavors not typically served through the year. It’s distinct and delicious.
This year, I’ll be making Thanksgiving dinner with 11 other people in a gorgeous cabin in Lake Tahoe. Although we are not related by blood, they too are my family. I hope you’ll enjoy your day and find the things you are thankful for. Among the many things I will be thinking about, I’ll be thankfully for the amazing opportunities afforded me by my job with Kimberly Howell Properties and of course, the connection between father and son over something as simple and unique as the smell of Thanksgiving.
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