_ I am not thankful on only one day a year. But, if that’s what it takes to get people to continue to raise turkeys, harvest cranberries, and produce Pepperidge Farm stuffing, I’m willing to play along.
Thanksgiving is the one American tradition that I hauled to Germany and have maintained over the years. My family has come to expect a feast around this time of year, and we often do it twice (with one being called “practice”). My daughter has taken the tradition with her into her own family and has introduced to friends (who now expect to be invited each year). We can source most ingredients, with the exception of the stuffing. I stock up on each trip and beg people to bring a package or two. I tried to replicate it, but can’t get all the chemicals needed to create the flavor. The Ocean Spray company is nice enough to export cranberries to Germany, which makes me happy. Turkey is not the same without cranberries.
I grew up very close to the spot of the alleged first meal enjoyed (or not) by illegal immigrants from England and the original owners of Massachusetts. I recall passing cranberry bogs, the Plymouth pebble, and historic markers with bits of fiction. The stuffing could not have tasted the same in those days, because food factories had not been invented.
The one aspect of Thanksgiving Day that I do not miss is football. I was never a big fan of sitting around watching men huddle, run a few seconds, and fall down...for hours. I preferred to clean the kitchen, read a book, or take a long walk. None of those needed to be imported; so I enjoy them after our turkey feast.
We did not manage to fit it in today. I am thankful that I can look forward to enjoying the turkey, waiting patiently in the freezer, and all the trimmings. One benefit of my trip to Florida was the opportunity to stock up on stuffing...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.