Wow, can you believe we’re less than a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving?
It feels like we just had Halloween twelve days ago, and now we’re about to officially begin the “holiday” season.
I’ve always liked Thanksgiving. Easily the best use of an otherwise useless Thursday ever. We used to combine it with Christmas as a kid when we’d visit the grandparents. That pretty much ruled, even with Grandma cursing loudly in the kitchen over dinner. But even without the gifts, and without Grandma, it’s still a pretty good day.
This year, my wife and I are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time. We’re pretty pumped. For one thing, most of the food is being brought to us, and that rules. But we are both good cooks, and we’re going to show off a little bit on the food we are making.
I have to admit, I can do without the green bean casserole. It just doesn’t do anything for me, except for the canned fried onions. However, I could eat an entire can of cranberry sauce, and I have accomplished this on several occasions. I am contemplating doing this again. I guess everyone’s got one holiday dish they don’t like, but one of my students told me this week that she doesn’t like pie. Kids sure are dumb sometimes.
We also have a requisite number of games we play. My family is full of loud talkers, minus my wife, so we like to play “Pit” and pretend to be on the stock exchange floor. We used to make Christmas ornaments as kids, and I’m thinking we’re going to bring that back. I’m guessing my brother’s ornament making skills will be at about the same level as they were when he was five, which is to say his skills were laughable, even for a five year old.
Not on the list of things to do is watching the parade. I cannot see the point of parades. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Besides, aren’t cartoon characters slightly more entertaining when they’re doing something besides floating lazily above a street? Like dropping anvils on each other? That’s just me though.
So on this light Friday edition of the blog, I want to hear from you what your favorite Thanksgiving traditions are, and what is not on your Thanksgiving to-do or to-eat list.