It is just an ordinary Thursday here in the UK but that doesn’t mean we can’t raise a glass to toast America’s Thanksgiving Day especially as after this year’s Presidential election and, let’s hope, good news from Gaza, there really is something worth us celebrating over here too.
Anyway, how come though that you Americans get to have two Christmases? One is enough for us. Two is just plain greedy. Do you get to wear silly paper hats and pull crackers?
The corny one-liner jokes inside our crackers were an American tradition but I don’t know if there are Thanksgiving crackers. After mentioning those crackers, I just have to end with a typical cracker joke:
Finally, I have to add this. Sorry to go on. Today may be Thanksgiving in the States but it falls this year on Saint Cecilia’s Day (Cecilia being the patron saint of music) and if any of you would like to celebrate today for whatever reason, there’s nothing more suitable than the music of that great, er, yes, English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695). His Ode For Saint Cecilia’s Day, ‘Hail Bright Cecilia!’ hits all the right notes especially in this wonderful performance: