I will go on record saying that I positively, absolutely, 100% ADORE Thanksgiving.
It is my favorite holiday for several reasons, namely because the retailers have never figured out how to commercialize it, and because we travel to my parents for the holiday, so my mom orchestrates the culinary extravaganza, and I simply work under her direction. This year, I managed to drag a croupy cough and cold along with me, so I steered clear of food prep and volunteered for more dish duty than usual. Her efforts yielded a fantastic Thanksgiving feast, and many delicious meals before and after, most notably an Apple Pancake I’m going to post this week.
We traveled home yesterday, and as is our custom, the driver gets to choose the radio station. Me? I break out the holiday songs. I’m always surprised that “Spirit of Christmas” doesn’t get more (any?) airplay, even though it was featured in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Here’s it is if you need a memory jog.
Now that another Thanksgiving is in the books, it’s time to set my sights on Christmas. As usual, I feel I’m starting out at a disadvantage. Unlike my friends who put up their tree last weekend, and those super-organized women who already have their cards addressed, I feel like I should be scrambling to get “caught up.” I am a conscientious objector to the bedlam we call “Black Friday,” but I did manage to buy a few gifts over the weekend. But I am not among the warriors who declare their shopping complete.
But after some consideration, I think I’m going to take things a bit slower this year – after all, we have an “extra” week because of the early Thanksgiving. This week I’ll get the trees out, buy the cards, and select my Christmas cookie and candy recipes (some new, some old.) We’ll get the holiday lights up soon…although not on the level of Clark Griswold.
During the upcoming weeks, I’ll post my progress and the holiday recipes that make the cut. So let’s stay calm and head for Christmas at a leisurely pace. And I hope you do the same.