Years ago, when I first turned 21 and beyond, one of the best days of the year was Thanksgiving Eve.
People came back to the area and would all congregate at local establishments to have a few cordials and some good chat. There were always two types of crowds, too — the older ones and the younger ones. It was usually split by time — the older crowd usually started and ended earlier than the younger crowd.
I haven’t been out on one of these nights in probably 5-6 years. When I last did it, a couple of friends successfully talked me into going out and we kind of stood away and chatted with some people. I won’t lie — it was a fun time. But, we went out probably in the 8-9 p.m. range and were done by 11:30-12. So, we had officially joined the older crowd, which was fine.
The other thing is I think back to when we used to do it and it was before the technological boom. Not that I’m some old fart, but I do remember the days when smartphones and such didn’t rule the world. Those were the days when people came into a bar, had a drink or two, and talked to other people.
Times they have changed, however. Booming prices, a different crowd, and just the lack of interest in going out anymore has made this night like any other, outside of having the next day off. This night was spent watching South Park.
This tradition is no different than when we used to play “touch” football every Thanksgiving morning. I look outside and see all this snow and thing… no way! Back in the day, this would have made it better.
Traditions they change with time … and it’s not always a bad thing.
How about you out there? Any Thanksgiving traditions you still do or have changed?