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A    neighbor/friend of mine( an immigrant from another less wealthy land once asked me:   " why do Americans observe every occasion by cooking so many dishes & eating way too much
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Re: WHY DO WE....????????????????????

posted at 11/16/2010 6:46 AM EST
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A    neighbor/friend of mine( an immigrant from another less wealthy land once asked me:   " why do Americans observe every occasion by cooking so many dishes & eating way too much food?" I answered by comparing our practice to  the way people  in other nations celebrate by having " feast days" "How do you know when a day is really important ; if every ocasion is a" feast day"? Good question; I didn't  have a good answer for her What do you think? Do we tend to make food too BIG   a part of our observances of special days?  
Posted by Ann N


Big meals are just warm fuzzies in addition to the real celeration. We have feasts because we can. Others have problems being able to do this all the time. Lesser countries are more focused on government whereas we are focused on "we the people", the only country in the world that does so.

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posted at 11/16/2010 8:05 AM EST
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I think we have to realize that people from another country so not have as many luxuries as we do.  They are not used to excess and lavish dinners.

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posted at 11/16/2010 8:29 AM EST
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RENEE C; YES; Traditions are hard to break ;how about starting a new tradition ????????????: sharing our bounty w/ those in need?      In Response to Re: WHY DO WE....???????????????????? :
Posted by Ann N


Oh yes, I share, share and share for holidays and any time there is a need!! I feed soldiers who have no family (my husband is military), police officers who can only eat dinner on the fly (our son is a police officer), I donate to RCS (our local food pantry), I send in tons and tons of veggies from our garden with my husband to his civilian job (he works at a hospital), and if I see or hear of a need I respond accordingly. 

Re: WHY DO WE....????????????????????

posted at 11/16/2010 10:39 AM EST
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Good question, Ann! I thought that was going to be a poll question and I waited for the poll to come up! LOL!! Anyway, yes, we do tend to overdo it big with food when there's a major holiday, I think. But like others have mentioned.....we don't eat like that every day. Who could afford to?! LOL!! But actually, even holiday time, we try to buy the food items when they are on sale, thus saving money. Of course, you can't do that too well if it's something perishable like fresh fruit, etc. We, too, eat lots of leftovers.....not just holiday leftovers, but everyday leftovers. When we go to my sisters houses for Thanksgiving or Christmas, they always send us home with containers of leftovers that go us for a day or two, depending on how much there is. There's nothing wrong with eating leftovers and I'm not too proud to do so. Actually, you can sometimes fix them a variety of ways, too, to make them a bit different. Works for me!

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posted at 11/16/2010 11:29 PM EST
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My Father was from Hungary and my Mothers parents were also from Hungary.We always made a big deal of our holidays.Mom and I would cook and bake and I would help my Dad make homemade sausage.I know that my Grandma always baked things that were heavenly as did my Mom.One year we either went to my Aunt Rose's house every day or stayed over night,this went on for two weeks and we partied everyday and night .I have such wonderful memories of my childhood and I'm blessed to have been born into such a great family.I now have a wonderful family of my own and all the old folks are all gone but we still party hard :) Material gifts were never exchanged other than food and a lot of love.

Re: WHY DO WE....????????????????????

posted at 11/17/2010 6:19 AM EST
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Ann,
It appears that we came from the same generation. The feasting in my family came from the poverty of the "old country" and it was an expression of the joy of being an AMERICAN. Our family gatherings as a child were a meeting of the entire family, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins etc. We cooked together, with the children assisting, ate at a big table all day. Played games, conversed and enjoyed each others company. Too bad this practice doesn't still happen with families all over the country.

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posted at 11/17/2010 6:25 AM EST
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Several of the forum mention giving food away to those less fortunate. My church collects non-perishable foods once a month and donate it to the many food kitchens located in FL. We also had a collection of foods for the homeless veterans. At Thanksgiving, we prepare over 100 gift baskets for a Thanksgiving Feast along with a gift card for a free turkey at the local Publix Grocery Store. It is definitely true that giving causes the giver to reap more rewards. This is what America is all about and we will be "thankful" on the day we all thank God for his many blessings.

Re: WHY DO WE....????????????????????

posted at 11/17/2010 7:27 AM EST
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We do eat too much year round.  But eating can be such a social affair, it is hard to stop when the holidays come & so many people cook a special once a year treat.
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