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« on: October 30, 2005, 03:25:23 PM »

Now I know I'm Orthodox; one of the ya-ya's at church invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner. Cool
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2005, 06:22:22 PM »

For those of us not on the same saide of the Atlantic as you, please would you explain what a ya-ya is, and also the social significance of being invited to a Thanksgiving dinner.  I'm guessing this is a sign of being accpted as one of the "in-crowd", perhaps?  If so, I'm pleased for you.  It's good to feel accepted.

Many thanks in advance for clarifying.
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2005, 06:27:14 PM »

Thanksgiving's the easy one.  It's an American holiday observed in remembrance of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts making it through some rough winters duing the beginning of their colony.  Its frequently celebrated with extended family (sometimes several generations together), and the whole point is basically to eat.  While some disagree on what you're supposed to have, the one indispensable dish is turkey (again, that's a Pilgrim thing).  It's a seriously big deal.

As for ya-ya's, I'm not sure, but I think those might be the Greek equivalent of babushki.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2005, 06:42:29 PM »

Thanksgiving's the easy one.ÂÂ  It's an American holiday....

It's also a Canadian holiday celebrated in early to mid October, with a similar inspiration.  Here again, turkey is the centrepiece of the thanksgiving meal.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2005, 08:21:29 PM »

A yia-yia is a greek grandmother. Thanksgiving is celebrated with family, however, if one lives in an area with no family and has no way to travel home for Thanksgiving, friends will frequently invite those "single" persons to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. It shows you're part of the "in-crowd" so to speak when a ethnic powerhouse of a woman who stands barely 4 feet 6 inches wants you to come over. You're not "apart" from the "ethnic cradles" or anything.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2005, 10:45:35 AM »

Thanksgiving for the last 3 years for me has been a gathering of single or close to single people who live too far away to travel, or don't get along with their family, or just plain have no family.  This year we'll be introducing some new friends of ours who just immigrated to Thanksgiving. 
Weirdest location for a Thanksgiving dinner I've ever had...  we were coming back from a long trip, got back a day early (Thanksgving), no food in the fridge, all shops closed, even the Chinese resteraunts were closed... so my mom & dad took us to the only resteraunt that was open... Denny's.  Needless to say we were the only ones there, and the staff thought we were the oddest people they'd ever seen.
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2005, 03:22:35 PM »

One year we didn't realize you needed reservations on Thanksgiving...foolish us, so we had to go to a Chinese resturant.  Since we were the only ones to show up, we got the royal treatment...lots of extras...and the promise that next year they too would be closed.  Never go to an Italian home for Thanksgiving.  I didn't and I could look at food until Christmas.  They did the full Italian style meal and the traditional Thanksgiving fare.  Everytime I was invited to my friend's house the meal would loast 4-5 hours long.  You eat a little, talk for a good while...eat somemore...talk.  The meal was over when fresh fruit was served.  My stomach still hurts when I think about it and that was 20+ years ago!!!   Thank goodness Ukrainians, here, just do the traditional turkey et al.
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2005, 12:36:31 PM »

Yeah, Thanksgiving is a turkey meal... although I didn't get any turkey because we had it early because of the Nativity Fast. And where I come from a ya-ya is a looney  Cheesy
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