Giving Thanks for Facebook
November 25th, 2010
This Turkey Day, I am thankful for Facebook. You heard me: Facebook. This lovely online arena of social interactions turned a so-so holiday into a great one. Here’s how…
Josh and I had intended to take the kiddos to West Virginia to spend Thanksgiving with his family. My job at Borders neatly nixed this plan, as I wound up on the schedule for Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Such is the pain of retail during the holidays.
My folks are in town but had already made plans to go to Ohio to spend the day with my mother’s sisters and father. (A reasonable decision, since we were supposed to be out of state!)
Thus we found ourselves alone on Thanksgiving, planning to eat pasta for our main meal. I just didn’t have the energy to tackle a turkey for two people, especially since I’d never cooked one before. Thanksgiving’s never been my family’s main holiday celebration. It was usually just my folks and me because our larger family got together for Christmas and was too far flung to travel for both. We love to cook, but pulling out all the turkey-related stops for three people never appealed to us, so we usually kept it pretty low key. This allowed us the added benefit of plenty of time to start decorating the house for Christmas…
In any case, the four Snyders were planning a day of family walks and lots of leaf pile jumping. Naturally, it poured down rain all day. Can we get a break here?
Josh posted a slightly morose status update to Facebook that was spotted by dear friends of ours from the church. Karen immediately called to invite us over. They maintained that they had far too much food for their four-person family and we were needed to help consume it. An hour and a half later we were ensconced at their house, Miss Mouse playing happily with their daughter. Then we got down to the serious eating. Our buddies do Thanksgiving right: mountains of stuffing, three kinds of vegetables, two kinds of potatoes, gravy, rolls, cranberry, and two kinds of pies. Gobble gobble quickly became oink oink and a wonderful time was had by all.
All thanks to Facebook and generous friends. Let us all give thanks!