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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