|Good grief, he can cook|
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I blog a lot about Halloween and Christmas, but not really about Thanksgiving. So I decided to change that with the next couple of Way Back WhensDay blogs. The first goes back to the year I was born (1973) and the first airing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
When I was a kid, we would always go to my grandparents' house for Thanksgiving. Cousins, aunts, uncles, and great-grandparents would gather around large tables in the basement and share a home cooked meal. It was tradition. But as we all got older, and the kids went off to college, got engaged, and eventually married, tradition started changing. Now, family members are scattered around the country, and some years we improvise the celebration.
But there has been a constant in my 40 years on this planet, and that's the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special. I've watched the 30 minute classic every year for as long as I can remember. As an adult, it takes me back to my childhood, being carefree and knowing that we'd have a couple of days off from school. Back then, that was a big deal. Everything seemed so right with the world.
|Dinner is served...|
That leaves Snoopy and Woodstock alone and of course ready to cook their own meal. The duo comes up with a feast worthy of the first Thanksgiving, including turkey, the trimmings, and some pumpkin pie. So time and distance may get in the way of celebrating with everyone in the family each year, but this special cartoon is a Thanksgiving tradition in our house. They just don't make cartoons like that anymore.