Does Anyone Dress Nicely on Thanksgiving Anymore? Are We All Slobs?
When I was a little kid, we used to spend Thanksgiving at a cousin's of somebody's cousin. It was a large affair replete with generations of family members, lots of food, and, knowing the Koenig clan, it probably ended in some sort of sing-along. One of the things I remember clearly was that my mother dressed my sisters and me in our nicest outfits. Our hair was combed (a rarity), our faces cleaned and we looked like we were headed for somewhere all sorts of fancy.
Is this what we've come to?
Last year, if I am not mistaken, I ran the Sheltering Arms Turkey Trot and spent the majority of the day in my sweaty running gear shoveling crudite in my mouth as I mashed yams. I am sure eventually I showered and threw on a pair of jeans, but that was about as dressy as I got.
What happened to dressing nicely for Thanksgiving? Does anyone do this anymore? Thanksgiving used to be a high-end holiday and now it feels like a day of slack and slothery. When did this happen?
In trying to find some information on when we stopped caring about how we look at Thanksgiving, I stumbled on an eHow article entitled "How To Dress for Thanksgiving." The article states clearly that the only two things you'll need are casual clothing and comfy shoes. Because you might not know what to do with either of these items, there are also five instructions of what to do next once you have obtained said articles.
Firstly, the post states, "be casual." Cool, I think we got that from the things we need. The article goes on to mention that Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to consumption and then recovery. People should be conscience of their inherent excess on the day including the fact that in their state of gluttony they are guaranteed to spill dark colored cranberry sauce or gravy all over themselves and they will need to expand their stomachs, so best to go with elastic bands.
Is that the reason that we've stopped dressing up for the holiday? We instantly turn into fat slobs?
I threw this pondering out there to some friends and one of my friends who I consider the most socially responsible said that her family, too, has stopped dressing up as much as she recalls.
"When I was young, it seemed like everyone got dressed up way more than we do now. Over the years, things have gotten progressively more casual, which I blame on my cousins and on society in general."
Cousins aside, blaming society may be right on. Another possibility for our dressing down is due to the inclusion of football as a standard part of the day. Many families take to the outdoors and have a game of their own, and even more families than that sit on their butts all day glued to the television. Who in the hell wants to sit with a cold one watching the game in a pair of khakis? You'll look like a big dork.
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