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Book Discussion: Mystery Off Glen Road (Read 8590 times)
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Re: Book Discussion: Mystery Off Glen Road
Reply #25 - May 4th, 2017, 6:13pm
 
Going back through this book right now and I'm reading the part where Trixie describes the open house to Honey. I've been meaning to mention this but never remember. I always thought it odd that the Beldens have a Thanksgiving Open House. Not that I think it's wrong or anything, just that the concept is strange. Why? Thanksgiving is one of those big holidays that is just family. A lot of people have Christmas parties. You have more time during the winter break for something big. But Thanksgiving (back in the day) was just 4 days. I would think it to be exhausting to mount something the size of the open house. Or maybe I'm overthinking it, especially in terms of today when both parents hold down a job.
Does it seem strange to anyone else?
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Re: Book Discussion: Mystery Off Glen Road
Reply #26 - May 4th, 2017, 10:49pm
 
Quote from macjest on May 4th, 2017, 6:13pm:
I always thought it odd that the Beldens have a Thanksgiving Open House.

 
I thought it really odd when I was a kid.  Partly because of the family thing, although we've had friends for Thanksgiving and eaten with friends as well, but mostly because Thanksgiving is much more centered around a feast, and sitting together around a table, than any other holiday.  For a lot of people, that meal is the holiday, thus all the jokes about getting stuck at the kids' table and things.  While not everyone follows my brother's teenage practice of eating themselves into a stomach ache, it is a much larger meal than usual for most people, and it's the holiday where most people kind of crash for the rest of the day, be it watching football or sitting around talking or whatever.  
 
Plus, depending on the size of your kitchen (and I never got the impression the Belden kitchen was huge), it would be a real challenge to do much of a buffet the same day you're serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  The turkey and ham could be leftovers, but they also had cole slaw and potato salad, which are not usually Thanksgiving food (although they could be, I suppose), and I'm just wondering where Mrs. Belden managed to fit all this stuff.  I have two refrigerators AND a big freezer downstairs, and I can find tucking away the Thanksgiving leftovers a challenge sometimes!  
 
Also, the thought of sandwiches and potato chips on the day of Thanksgiving dinner does not do much for me.  Just doesn't seem in tone with the holiday, but that's admittedly a personal quirk.  Then again, while we ideally have a big layered salad with bacon and a creamy dressing, along with my second batch of rolls shaped like a sheaf of wheat and flavored butters (some of my kids think those rolls and butters are the best part of Thanksgiving dinner!), for our Thanksgiving evening meal, we have on occasion had leftover Mexican Beer Chowder, which I usually accompany with tortilla chips, so I don't know why potato chips on Thanksgiving seem wrong to me!  Apparently my subconscious thinks tortilla chips are serious food, but potato chips are frivolous.   Roll Eyes
 
The Bob-Whites in general spend more time with their friends than I did.  I don't see my parents going to an open house the evening of Thanksgiving, but they also wouldn't let me go to a sleep over in the middle of the week, or off to Arizona without them for Christmas, or a lot of stuff the Bob-Whites do.  Then again, we weren't even allowed to visit on Sundays -- we could go biking and otherwise play by ourselves, but were forbidden from knocking on anyone's door Sundays, because "That's family time."  So maybe my parents were super-protective of family time, I dunno.
 
While things have certainly changed since then, especially in terms of Sundays, I don't think Thanksgiving has changed that much.  If anything, people are so busy nowadays, that while family time may be rarer, it's all the more precious and protected.  My kids have gone to a lot of get-togethers Thanksgiving vacation, and hosted a few themselves, but only on that Friday or Saturday, or even Sunday afternoon, not on the Thanksgiving Day itself.  And when we've had Thanksgiving guests (or been Thanksgiving guests), it's an all-day thing.  I think even when we were kids visiting grandma's (my two sets of grandparents lived in the same state, about half an hour apart), we'd alternate Thanksgivings, spending the day with one set one year and the other set the next.
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Re: Book Discussion: Mystery Off Glen Road
Reply #27 - May 5th, 2017, 9:59am
 
When our family comes for Thanksgiving, there isn't room for visitors.  With our boys, their spouses and children, and my husband's siblings, we generally have about 25 guests.  Everyone brings something for the table and we always have way too much food.  I'd rather keep it simple, but there's not much chance of that.  Too many cooks in our family  Wink
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Reply #28 - May 17th, 2017, 2:23pm
 
This was the first Trixie book I ever read, and it remains my favorite.  It had so much horse action, which I loved, and which made me very envious of Trixie and Honey getting the chance to ride so much.  How fun it would have been to ride every morning before school!!!  At the time I read it, I was probably 8 or 9, so the Bobwhites were big kids to me.
 
One thing I remember to this day:  Mr Maypenny, when describing his stew, said "I don't use any water at-all".  I have followed this advice, and never use water in my stews and sauces either.  I use wine! Grin
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