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THANKSGIVING – What are we really celebrating?

Thanksgiving conversation between an Indian and a Pilgrim professing to use a BOARD BOOTIE, a snowboard carrier and snowboard cover.

As we all know, Thanksgiving is a public holiday celebrated in the US on the fourth Thursday of November. The event that most Americans commonly call the "Inaugural Thanksgiving" was a three-day feast by the Pilgrims after their first successful harvest in the New World in October 1621. Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of an extended drought that had threatened that year’s harvest. In 1789, George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving government proclamation wherein he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. It wasn’t until 1863, in the throes of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that a national Thanksgiving Day be held every November in a declaration petitioning all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”

In many American households, Thanksgiving has lost much of its original religious significance. It now centers on cooking and sharing a plentiful meal with family and friends. Volunteering on Thanksgiving Day has become a fairly common activity. And, communities often host free dinners and hold food drives for the less fortunate on #Thanksgiving. Parades have also become a central part of the holiday in many cities and towns across the nation. But for many of us, Thanksgiving is about overindulging in food and drink, a well needed four-day weekend, watching football games, playing in a Turkey Bowl, obnoxious floats, family gatherings, high school reunions, and for some, it’s simply a precursor to Christmas festivities.

So what the hell are we really celebrating? Is it a successful harvest, the end of a drought, the conclusion of a war, those patriots who lost their lives fighting for our country, those whose lives were indelibly altered by the loss of a loved one, the pardoning of a turkey, the beginning of the holiday shopping season, a long weekend, a deluge of football, reunions, or … THE START OF SNOWBOARDING SEASON in The States?

Now that I have your attention, there are plenty of reasons to kick off your boarding season on Turkey Day. Here a just a few:

  • Thanksgiving Day tends to be light on crowds at many US resorts

  • You can often get reduced lodging rates in November because it isn’t yet peak snow season

  • You can avoid cooking duties by dining out while still enjoying a traditional holiday meal

  • The slopes, and lift lines, will likely not be crowded

  • The weather should be tolerable

Some of the best resorts in the United States that will be open for the long holiday weekend include:

#SunValleyResort in Idaho

#BeaverCreekResort in Colorado

#Steamboat in Colorado

#ParkCityMountainResort in Utah

#SquawValley / #AlpineMeadows in California

#MammothMountain in California

#Sugarloaf in Maine

Whatever you choose to celebrate, do it on a mountain. And take Thanksgiving back to its roots … make it a three-day feast!

Safe and happy riding. #Snowboarding. #BoardBootie. #SomeThingsJustShouldntBeNaked. #BoardBootieBuck.

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