Thursday, November 26, 2009

Le Jour de Merci Donnant

Decades ago while working at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, the political satirist and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Art Buchwald (1925-2007), wrote one of the funniest, laugh out loud columns I have ever read in an effort to explain Thanksgiving to the French.

Many of you may be familiar with it, but it is worth a read every year. Since we don't observe the quintessential, non-denominational, eat-until-you're-sick holiday here, it's my way of celebrating -- without the fuss and unfortunately, without the family.

So, a changement de programme for this day of giving thanks. Even if you are among those who do not formally give thanks on this holiday, you can celebrate the un-de-mode-able  (I made up the word to throw in a tinge of fashion. . . and broke it into syllables for easy pronunciation.) humor of the grand Monsieur Buchwald. No-calorie happiness is just a click away.

Happy, happy Thanksgiving, whether you celebrate or not.



James said...

Thank you,that was very amusing. Mr Buchwald was always entertaining. As the Holidays approach maybe you could share some of your experiences and traditions "over there".

Deja Pseu said...

What a hoot! Thanks for sharing that; I'd not had the pleasure of reading it previously.

Kristi said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!

BigLittleWolf said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely - and may your day be a happy one, filled with foie gras, champagne, et framboises.

And now - time for me to get my cook-eat-until-your-sick machine in motion!


Dedene said...

This holiday is a tough one to explain. I just tried in my English class.
Love Buchwald, thanks for the article.
Happy début des fêtes!

... said...

Funny text to read.
But I am not sure about the indians and the pilgrims
I thought it was the turkey that kills them both ...


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auroreMIL said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too !!
Did you cook a turkey ?

Natalie said...

What a great way to add some humor to a holiday that, as Buchwald alluded, has more than its share of ...comment dit-on... skirmishes (unfortunately, real ones). I think the food part of this holiday has evolved to become the welcome distraction to these brambles, and are we ever so Thankful!

I of course have a perfect family who never bickers. Perhaps it's because we're Canadian and we celebrate "Canadian Thanksgiving" on the day Columbus discovered "America". Hmm, maybe Americans should start the holiday season in October like we do so as to prolong the holiday spirit? Just a thought. It also gives us some time in between feasts to shed the kilos, which is a likely contributor to why we are a nation of well-fed-and-friendly, perfect people.

{ wink }

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi Tish!
We ate til we dropped!!! Happy
thanksgiving and a Bloembox for you!!!!I loved Art Buchwald he was one hysterical writer.Black
Friday tomorrow and I am still up...UUUgh!

knitpurl said...

Thank you, Mr. Buchwald's article is definitely a collector's piece.

tintin said...

That was wonderful. Although, I take exception with Buchwald on one point. I don't think we ever eat better than the French - - just more. I once heard someone say about the Cheese Cake Factory restaurant, "The foods not that great but at least there's a lot of it."

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