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The Second Tradition of Thanksgiving

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When the great holiday of Thanksgiving comes to mind, most people think of becoming total gluttons and gorging themselves with a seemingly unending amount of food. Others might think of the time spent with family and friends. The whole basis of the holiday is family togetherness, fellowship, and thankfulness for blessings received during the previous year. Every family has their own unique way of spending time together with loved ones only seen during the holidays. In the Stock home, there is only one thing we enjoy doing. Sure, like every other family we have our grand and elaborate dinner, which is composed of all the greatest delicacies my mother and grandmother can whip up. Of course, as is expected, after stuffing ourselves as if this was our last meal the men in the family congregate in the living room. We sit and wait for our tradition to begin by discussing how each of our lives has been unfolding since last Thanksgiving. Finally, the moment arrives, kick off of the first of many Thanksgiving Day football games. There are thousands of fans who watch football with religious devotion. At the Stock house that is not the case. However on Thanksgiving, our eyes glaze over and we rise to the highest of football enthusiasts. Every man sitting around our big screen T.V. has his own team to cheer for, which usually causes many spirited discussions during the four quarters of testosterone induced insanity. As the game plays on we all grow further and further engrossed in watching. As the women talk in the kitchen and the children run around, sometimes even right in front of the television, our stares never stray from the glowing giver of joy. It might seem silly... ... middle of paper ... ...nderstand and appreciate the games my dad and the rest of my male family members have been watching for years, I became that much closer with all of them. As John Madden said “The turkey brings the family together, but the football keeps them together” (www.espn.com). As a tradition Thanksgiving’s football watching extravaganza has become an occasion I have begun to look forward to for months. After spending this great tradition with my father and my family those geezers are looking a lot younger. Work Cited Stock, John, Personal Interview, 11-29-03 www.espn.com, Friday, Nov. 21, ESPN, 11-21-03 www.football.com, Friday, Nov. 21, NFL Internet Network, 11-21-03 http://rats2u.com/thanksgiving_events.htm, 2001, St. Clair Associates, 11-21-03 http://www.dezmin.com/Mtarchives/000-122.html, Nov. 21, 2001, Dezmin’s Archives and It’s Contributors, 11-21-03

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that thanksgiving is about family togetherness, fellowship, and thankfulness for blessings received during the previous year.
  • Explains that every family has their own unique way of spending time with loved ones only seen during the holidays.
  • Explains that every man sitting around our big screen t.v. has his own team to cheer for, which causes many spirited discussions during the four quarters of testosterone induced insanity.
  • Narrates how they were convinced that it was a waste of time to sit around the house and watch people pummeling each other. after weighing these problems, they realized that the men in their immediate family and i should really consider spending time with family members
  • Explains that they sat with these guys and started discussing actual topics. they realized they had more interesting relatives with similar interests than they expected.
  • Narrates how a "stuffed" person can eat even after large dinner. after watching football, they sink into their sofas and chairs and talk about anything and everything.
  • Describes how growing up changes a person's view from year to year. they realized they were mature enough to understand and appreciate the games their dad and the rest of their male family members have been watching for years.
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