The Thanky Dance

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Thanksgiving is our collective time for an attitude of gratitude. Beaming chefs rise from the family table to applause, putting their singed fingertips together in the “no, thank you” Oscar-night gesture. Travelers who have journeyed through Rube Goldberg–style security checks are thankful to be put up in the kids’ room. Football fans fall to their knees, hands to the heavens, thankful for a wide receiver in the right place. And we are all thankful to the Wampanoag tribe who showed the Pilgrims how to cook pumpkins and survive in the woods.

dancing_turkeysBobbing our heads in thanks-giving and -receiving is not enough movement at the end of the day. When bellies are full and the talk turns to exercise and calories, it’s a good time to break into Thanksgiving’s most competitive sport after fighting over the wishbone: the Thanky Thanky Dance. A good place to start is on the table. Grab a parsnip for a mike and let your inner-Sly come to life: “I want to thank you—for letting me—be myself—again...”

Here’s how to score the dancers:

  • Fancy footwork while juggling persimmons and pomegranate: 100 points
  • Getting everyone to participate in the bunny hop and not breaking anything: 50 points
  • Martha Graham–inspired interpretive dance in thanks to the earth and sun for the food: 20 points
  • Kids under five doing the Mash Potata: 10 points each
  • Smiles: 1 point
  • (Knowing what not to do — priceless)

Have a great holiday, and be thankful your neighbors aren’t home when the dancers start singing ABBA.

(And, as always, to see what’s in your mix this week, visit our mix pages.)

Enjoy & Be Fruitful!


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