Saturday, November 17, 2007

The World Should Give Thanks For America

The World Should Give Thanks For America

Speaking as a misfit unassimilated foreigner, I think of Thanksgiving as the most American of holidays.


Christmas is celebrated elsewhere, even if there are significant local variations: In Continental Europe, naughty children get left rods to be flayed with and lumps of coal; in Britain, Christmas lasts from Dec. 22 to mid-January and celebrates the ancient cultural traditions of massive alcohol intake and watching the telly till you pass out in a pool of your own vomit. All part of the rich diversity of our world.

But Thanksgiving (excepting the premature and somewhat undernourished Canadian version) is unique to America. "What's it about?" an Irish visitor asked me a couple of years back. "Everyone sits around giving thanks all day? Thanks for what? George bloody Bush?"

Well, Americans have a lot to be thankful for.

more...

http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/americans-world-thanksgiving-1924033-europe-europeans

2 Comments:

Blogger VerityINK said...

Why does no one read Marc Steyn?

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the world sure has a problem with America being the worlds policeman but who is the world always calling when it needs a cop? J'Mac.

1:16 PM  

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