When Thanksgiving was weird
Author Linton Weeks tells a great story you don’t read often about Thanksgiving on NPR.
“People — young and old — got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils. Thanksgiving mask balls were held in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montesano, Wash., and points in between.
In New York City — where the tradition was especially strong — a local newspaper reported in 1911 that “fantastically garbed youngsters and their elders were on every corner of the city.”
Thousands of folks ran rampant, one syndicated column noted. “Horns and rattles are worked overtime. The throwing of confetti and even flour on pedestrians is an allowable pastime.”
It must have been like a strange American dream.”
If you have time take a read. There are great photos and interesting stories. On this Thanksgiving week please remember to give thanks for what you have: your health, your well being, that you have food on the table, friends and family. Not everyone does.