The Febgiving Proclamation

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Whereas the month of February is cold, and dark, and equidistant from both the warmth of the beloved December holidays and the eventual renewing goodness of spring

and Whereas the only holiday in February is the execrable Valentine’s Day (which makes single people feel terrible, clogs up restaurants, and puts people in stable relationships under undue and unpleasant pressure to be “spontaneously” “romantic”)

and Whereas there has never been a better time of year in which to insert a new holiday

and Whereas Thanksgiving, as a celebration of camaraderie and fantastic food, is about as good a holiday to which one can possibly point

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Now, therefore, it is resolved to celebrate a second Thanksgiving in the February of each year, on the Saturday on or following Valentine’s Day (superseding that holiday whenever possible)

Moreover it is suggested that the guest list for this Thanksgiving in February comprise primarily dear friends and promising acquaintances with family members included only insomuch as they do not potentially complicate the easygoing joyousness of the day.

Having spelled out our purpose, we therefore proclaim this new holiday “Febgiving,” and invite any and all to celebrate it.

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Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

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James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.

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  1. geoff 01/02/2010

    meh. we’re fat enough.

  2. I wholeheartedly endorse this idea.

  3. Alisha 01/04/2010

    Febgiving is now on my calendar!