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 preparation 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. So is Home for the Holidays.
  • Thursday (AM): I’ll wake up late, eat a light breakfast, and listen to The Big Chill soundtrack. That’s technically a Thanksgiving movie; the Thanksgiving dinner scene was just 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 overeaten.
  • 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 wanted 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 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 non-negotiable. And she’ll be having her first bite of turkey.

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