I'm wondering how the Orthodox Americans reconcile their Nativity fast with Thanksgiving day? Do you skip the turkey, or what?
Get on the right calendar and you won't have to worry about it.
Which is the "right" calendar? I've looked at various fasting calendars online and, although they are essentially the same, I see some variations. Someone else mentioned an "old" calendar on which Nativity fast begins the day after Thanksgiving? I'm thinking I should ask the priest what calendar he recommends. If it sounds like I'm looking for a loophole, I probably am. I starving for turkey! I'm just a catechumen (I think; the priest has never called me that in my hearing) and I've been doing my best to keep a prayer rule and observe the fast days, but I'm not sure I've got my head entirely around fasting, yet. It makes me cranky and resentful, and I doubt that's the purpose of fasting.
It is not, which is why I don't get all bent out of shape about it. I am sure that if you live your life according to the words of The Christ, by feeding those that are hungry, giving aid to those in need, visiting the sick, searching the Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers, God will find in His heart to forgive you for your diet. What turned me off the most about fasting is that most of the people that I know who make the biggest deal of it do little else. But, then again, perhaps we will hear these words on the Day of Judgment:
"I was hungry and you fed me.
I was sick and you gave me comfort.
I was naked and you clothed me.
But for all that is Holy, you ate a piece of Turkey on Thanksgiving, so now you are going to fry like a burger - away from me and into the eternal deep fryer set aside for those of you who don't fast like my friends the Pharisees."
Nah, I don't think so.