Thanksgiving can be an ambiguous holiday for me, since I’m a non-believer. I mean, to whom am I supposed to be thankful? Yet, I do feel gratitude for many things in my life, and I manage to find sources for those things and offer a thought or a song of thanks.
I am very thankful for my love of Music. I know this came from my biological father and his family and friends. While I don’t remember my mother’s family enjoying music, I have a couple of memories of my father that are related to music. So, I offer Abba’s Thank You for the Music to my paternal ancestors as a token of my gratitude.
Of course, I cannot forget my mother and her family on Thanksgiving. My mother gave me a love of event planning, especially during the holidays. I believe this also is where I gained a sense of Theatrics (set design, rehearsing, planning the big show, etc.) She would decorate the house and cook the entire feast. Our house would be the place where extended family would come and sit at the big table (and the kid’s table) to celebrate the big holidays, including Thanksgiving.
It’s been hard on my mom since my siblings married and have to share the holidays with in-laws. I live over a thousand miles away, so I usually cannot travel home for the holidays. Yet, my mom still tries to make her house a pleasant place to visit during the holidays. It may be corny and not so relevant since she lives in the city, but Over the River and Through the Woods is the song that conveys that feeling of wanting to spend time with family during the holidays.
Then, there’s my friend Darlene. She’s help me so much and for such a long time, I’d be a fool not to be thankful to her. Let’s see… “thanks,” “friend”… only one song will do. Darlene, Thank You for Being a Friend.
Popular Thanksgiving Songs
I was never a fan of Adam Sandler, but his song seems to be one of the most popular for this particular holiday. He sings The Thanksgiving Song in such an irritating falsetto that I want to throw a bowl of cranberry sauce at him. BUT, the song does mention turkey.
Speaking of turkey, Turkey in the Straw is probably the oldest and most popular song about turkeys.
Let’s not forget that Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas Shopping Season. This is more true today than ever before, since many stores now open on Thanksgiving Day instead of waiting for Black Friday (but I’m not opening that can of worms – I know better).
Santa has already shown up at many malls, but the Thanksgiving Day Parade used to be his official method of arriving in town. What song would be played as Santa’s sleigh appeared down the block? It was Santa Claus is Coming to Town, one of the most popular Christmas songs about St. Nick.
A Christmas Song Challenge
Now that Santa is in town, I’m going to try and blog about Christmas and other Holiday songs each day until Christmas Day. I wonder if I can do it.