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When Two Big Holidays Collide

Thanksgiving is one of the BIG food holidays for Americans (and Canadians, but they celebrate it in a different month, on a different day) and the Eid is one of the big food holidays for Muslims, and can you see where I am going with this? We have houseguests coming tomorrow and I was out of what are called here “digestive biscuits” (horrible name!) and what we call graham crackers, which make for a very quick and easy pie crust.

As the jello mix was cooling before I could add the walnuts and pineapple and celery, I thought I would zip to the grocery. It’s still early in the morning, after nine but before ten, I can get in and out before the crowds hit.

Wrong. Oh so very wrong. If it were a normal day, yes, in and out in a flash, but when two big holidays are about to collide, no, there are other early birds like me, all jockying for spaces, for carts, to get their veggies and fruits weighed, to get their purchases rung up . . .

Fortunately for me, the first wave, the real eager beavers, was slipping out with their packages, and I got a parking place. No worrying about getting a space near the entry – any space will do. Besides, the weather has cooled and walking a little extra is nice this time of year.

I also lucked out on the produce lines – while everyone lined up near the citrus fruits, no one seemed to notice there was another weigh station near the Indian veggies. Lucky me! (For my stateside friends, when you pick out your produce here, you have to have it weighed and labled with the price before you get to the check-out stand.)

All in all – it wasn’t to bad. Not in and out in a flash, but in and out not too bad. The cars were streaming in as I departed, and I vow not to return until the Eid is over!

November 25, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. So true! L. and I just had the experience of merely trying to DRIVE BY on the road in front of Landmark Mall….not even go in! Way too many cars, honking, impatience. Sigh…maybe when all have done their Eid shopping we can slip back out there again!

    Comment by grammy | November 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Intlxpatr ;

    When the two holidays collide , it is time to remember to wish you and the family a happy thanksgiving .

    May you turkey not let you down and may your stove top stuffing comes out juicy and soft and may your gravy enrich your mashed potatoes adored by green peas .

    Comment by daggero | November 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. Grammy – I agree! Trying to shop was just craziness!

    LOL, Daggero, we talked about you at our Thanksgiving gathering, and the cogent and insightful comments you make here. First time ever, I ran into a blogger that I follow and I knew who she had to be.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 27, 2009 | Reply

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