Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Iron-Clad Thanksgiving!

For as far back as I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been iron-clad.  A holiday with much meaning of its own (to say the least), Thanksgiving, for our Auburn family, has been entwined with the annual meeting of the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl.

The Auburn-Alabama rivalry has been described as a "culture war" marked with religious-like fervor. However, I doubt that any of the Auburn or Alabama faithful let the Iron Bowl overshadow their Thanksgiving celebration and dinner.

Nevertheless, the all-important game has been part and parcel of the broader holiday ... one more event on for the Thanksgiving weekend, albeit a very special, fun, and much-anticipated event.  (How else can one describe the game of games on both Auburn's and Alabama's schedules, an in-state rivalry that determines bragging rights for the next year?)

So, perennially, on the last Thursday in November, our family sits down at an abundantly-filled table to share in the company of each other and to give thanks for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.

As we joke and cut up and talk about life, eventually some mention will be made of the Iron Bowl, especially on those occasions when my immediate family - all Auburn - breaks bread with our extended family - uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws, some of who align themselves with the Crimson Tide.

When game time finally comes, the family will watch earnestly from kick-off to an expired clock, always hoping that our favorite team will prove successful, but in any event, enjoying the time spent together, yet another item on our list of that for which we are thankful.

I hope that you and your family and friends have a very happy Thanksgiving holiday ... although I do hope that my Crimson Tide friends have one less thing to be thankful for by weekend's end.

War Eagle!

(P.S. - I figure Auburn will win by at least 9!  Just sayin'.)

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