Thanks­giv­ing good­ness

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - THE FRONT - Adam Starkey

Aren’t Amer­i­cans fas­ci­nat­ing? Just be­fore they for­age man­i­cally for Black Fri­day bar­gains to be slung to their loved ones for Christ­mas, they pile into a carb-soaked pre-Yule tur­key feast, or­gan­ised to give thanks for the im­por­tant things in life: med­i­cal in­sur­ance, credit cards and loose-ft­ting slacks. But who are we to judge? We have hap­pily adopted most Amer­i­can tra­di­tions – Hal­lowe’en, baby show­ers, cheese on ev­ery­thing – but not Thanks­giv­ing, the one that at least in­volves try­ing to be ap­pre­cia­tive of your lot in life. So take a leaf out of the Amer­i­cans’ book. At­tack those birds and give thanks: for the fact that you can now gorge on tur­key twice in fve weeks.

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