This will be my 15th Thanksgiving without eating turkey and my daughter's 8th Thanksgiving without turkey (she's been a vegetarian since birth). Since we're here in Smalltown without any family to get together with (or friends for that matter), we have come up with our own Thanksgiving traditions. My husband is not American, so he has no cravings for turkey and stuffing- or even eating a special dinner today. I like to use it as an excuse to try out new recipes and cook things that I wouldn't usually do on regular days. Last year, we started a new tradition of going to the movies, too. However, I have generally mixed feelings about Thanksgiving on so many levels. From the food standpoint, it's hard for me to get excited about foods that I don't eat any more and how the entire holiday is centered around a dead bird. I'm starting to get tired of people complaining about their relatives, too. I have my own complaints about my relatives, but when they're too far away to see on holidays, I start to appreciate the times I lived closer to them. I am also saddened by the history connected with Thanksgiving: we (colonial settlers) celebrating the indigenous people's helping us to survive here, then essentially exterminating them over the next couple of centuries. I know I wouldn't be here if this history hadn't occurred, but it still makes me sad when I think about the people who lived here for thousands of years, but are now gone. I also know that I am so far out of the American mainstream that most of you will likely disagree with me, but I just felt like sharing my thoughts on the subject.
I hope everyone enjoys their day- you can think of me eating dishes made from "New World" ingredients like quinoa, beans, vegetables and cornmeal with apple crisp for dessert- we're going vegan this Thanksgiving thanks to recipes from Nava Atlas and Jennifer McCann. btw- if you haven't seen it, watch The Meatrix and buy organic, free range meat (if you must eat it)!
tags: thanksgiving vegetarian liberal vegan