Today is Thanksgiving day in the US.
Americans seem to have a love-hate relationship with this holiday. In many families it seems to be anticipated with dread at the thought of a large number of family members who do not share the same views and often do not get along with each other being expected to share a very long afternoon and evening together that can end up with arguments. And yet to not turn up can also cause problems, so it is a lose-lose proposition.
This Saturday Night Live sketch uses the framing of a Target advertisement to make this point.
Last year the pandemic restrictions gave those who would prefer not to attend these family events a good excuse to stay away. But they are out of luck this year though Samantha Bee warns that there are still some regions of the country where the number of covid-19 cases are worrying.
She also informs me of a new kind of idiocy spreading among the anti-vaxxers. Forced to get vaccinated because of various employer mandates, they are being sold post-vaccination snake oil that taking baths in Borax will remove the vaccine from the body.
I have always found Thanksgiving to be quite pleasant, spending a nice time with friends. But the fact that it was with friends may be the reason. The hosts were under no obligation to invite us and we had no obligation to accept. So the reason we spent the time together was because we both wanted to. With family, it is different. As the saying goes, you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your relatives.