Essentials, Journal

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great warm up for Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in giving thanks. It’s just that Thanksgiving sort of feels like a warm up for the main event. Fall is in swing, winter is coming, and there’s pumpkin pie.

In an effort to maximize this holiday the way I have tried to do with Christmas, I’ve made the following itinerary:

  • Wednesday: I’ll spend this day taking long walks through the neighborhood, drinking warm coffee (Irish coffee?), and relaxing with a good book. Then, in the evening I’ll watch a Thanksgiving movie. There are surprisingly few, but Planes, Trains & Automobiles is a good one.
  • Thursday (AM): I’ll wake up late, eat a light breakfast, and listen to the The Big Chill soundtrack. That’s technically a Thanksgiving movie. However, the Thanksgiving dinner scene was cut. The edit took Kevin Costner out of the picture. But Jeff Goldblum is in the whole thing.
  • Thursday (PM): Thursday afternoon is reserved for feasting. But I’ll be watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with my infant daughter later that evening. And in that way start one of our many traditions. If I’m not too stuffed, I might have a whiskey on the rocks or an Old Fashioned for a nightcap.
  • Friday: This day will pretty much be a repeat of Thursday except less turkey and Charlie Brown. We usually have pasta the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition. If I can, I’ll watch a few episodes of my favorite TV show. For the most part, I’ll do absolutely nothing.
  • Saturday: Turkey sandwiches and a day that looks a lot like Wednesday except that it might be time for a Christmas movie. If not this evening then definitely the next. Saturday might involve a little exercise. Let’s face it, I will have eaten too much.
  • Sunday: And now it’s time to decorate the apartment for Christmas. Christmas music will be playing. And I’ll be wearing that Christmas sweater I’ve been wanting for a while now. (Although, it could be 70 degrees outside so maybe not.) Sunday will be spent giving thanks for the last three days.

If you can’t tell, I’m kind of a planner but I’m also willing to throw out my plans if something better comes along. However, Charlie Brown with my little girl is a non-negotiable. She’ll be having her first bite of turkey.

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Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Chapel Hill, NC. His short stories have been published in various online journals and magazines. He has ghostwritten novels and is the author of several children's books. You can learn more about him at justinmeckes.com or by sending an email to contact@justinmeckes.com.