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Ready for Thanksgiving?

November 16, 2017 - Amy Phelps

Now that Halloween is over, and the stores already want us to start thinking of Christmas, are you ready for the busy holiday season? Have you started thinking of your holiday menu yet? What do you usually make for Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is about the only family get-together meal that my family has ever made the “traditional” foods. We usually have turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, green bean casserole, noodles, pies and rolls. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the ones that have become sandwich day, pizza day (Christmas Eve) or appetizers. My husband and stepdaughter and I have long had a tradition of eating Chinese food and watching Doctor Who on Christmas night, something we will probably do again this year. But Christmas Eve and Christmas lunch is still up in the air. One year for Thanksgiving, I tried to make a celery casserole that no one particularly liked, and another year I made a pumpkin and chocolate pie, that once again, no one particuarly liked. So I guess I will stick with the classics this year and make pecan pie, pumpkin pie and maybe make myself one fun new dessert that I want, as I’m weird and hate pecan pie and pumpkin pie. Because my work schedule doesn’t allow me to take off the Friday after Thanksgiving, I will be missing all of the big Black Friday sales, at least until later in the evening when they’ve already been picked through. I used to enjoy going to the Black Friday sales with my Dad (my Mom refuses to go) but since I can’t go, he usually takes my kids. I don’t know how often they find much, but at least it’s family bonding time! I remember, back when I was in high school and college and would go with him, that it was a big deal that we were getting up at 5 a.m. to be there when the stores opened at 6 a.m. Now that’s no longer the case, with stores staying open all night and having big sales that start on Thanksgiving evening! Back then, we’d spend the time after Thanksgiving dinner, looking through the ads and planning where we wanted to go the next morning.Now people are out the door the moment the meal is over! I hope everyone gets some time to actually relax and enjoy the meal!


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