There’s a lot of Halloween hate out there, so I’m expecting major backlash over the news that Thanksgiving is taking off in Australia.
America celebrated the holiday yesterday, where it’s regarded by many as being just as important as Christmas. The origins of the celebration can be traced back to the pilgrims, who would give thanks for a successful growing year in the fields.
These days it’s about getting together with family and taking a moment to reflect on your blessings.
It’s pretty nice when you think about it, but I reckon the anti-Yank brigade will kick up an almighty fuss about the Americanisation of Oz.
However, the ABC says turkey farmers reported a surge in sales in the lead up to the occasion.
South Australian turkey farmer John Watson estimates that interest in Thanksgiving Down Under has trebled in the past five years.
“A few years ago it was just one or two turkeys and it just came and went and we didn’t really think too much of it. But now I reckon it’s taken the place of Easter,” he said.
“We used to sell quite a few whole turkeys at Easter time, now Thanksgiving would be a bigger boost for all the turkey growers in Australia.”
What am I thankful for this year? Love and family seem a pretty good place to start. Sure, there’s been lots of crap stuff, but I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who care about me.
What I’m NOT thankful for is that I came down with a virus yesterday on Thanksgiving Day. My glands are like golf ball. Blah. Although it may explain why I was extra-grumpy about my fibroid news.
How about you? What are you thankful for?
Here are some Thanksgiving pics celebs have shared on Instagram … I’m particularly impressed by Chris Martin, Scott Disick and Nick Cannon all appearing in family photos to celebrate the holiday. Nice co-parenting work, guys.