Sunday 9 October 2011

Thanksgiving Around a Ping Pong Table

Two slices of buttered toast, some popcorn balls, some pretzel sticks and some jelly beans, all served Frisbee style to the guests sitting around a ping pong table in the backyard:  this is Charlie Brown's version of Thanksgiving dinner.  Linus says grace and then the friends dig in.  However, Peppermint Patty is outraged that Charlie Brown has not served a proper meal.  But Marcie reminds her that Charlie Brown did not invite her -- she invited herself.  Peppermint Patty soon apologizes for her outburst.  Later Charlie Brown and his friends are invited to his grandma's house for another Thanksgiving feast.  As they travel in a station wagon to their destination, the friends sing "Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother's House We Go".  The show ends with Snoopy and Woodstock carving and eating a giant turkey with all the trimmings followed by slices of pumpkin pie. 

Thanksgiving isn't about the feast, but about giving thanks, no matter how small our blessings.  Thank you, Charles Schulz, for showing us this message in all its simplicity.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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