Blog: Thanksgiving Turkey

Catherine Sleep | 26 November 2004

The Center for Consumer Freedom raised a few eyebrows this week by suggesting that Thanksgiving hosts should ask their guests to sign a disclaimer protecting themselves from any legal action.

Of course it’s a publicity stunt but it raises an interesting point. I’m not an expert in US customs, but the Thanksgiving meal may be a special case in point, as it traditionally includes certain dishes that may, or may not, be of marginal nutritional benefit. Ditto the traditional UK Christmas dinner (and here I’m thinking more of the Yorkshires and the Christmas pudding than the sprouts, needless to say).

But isn’t it the case that, when entertaining guests, we often feel obliged to serve up indulgent foods as an indication that we are ‘pampering’ our guests? I’ve fallen into this trap myself, and it’s silly. We’re really showing our friends and family consideration when we serve up tasty yet largely nutritious meals.

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