November 23, 2012

Thoughts left over from a fairly uneventful Thanksgiving:

No matter how many times you do the annual ritual there’s always something you forget. This year it was nothing catastrophic to be sure, but after extracting the giblets from the turkey at 5 AM and putting them in the small pot with water in the refrigerator I forgot all about them. Hence, the first pass at Thanksgiving dinner gravy, while excellent, was served sans giblets. Fortunately, they were cooked and added in time for the late-night turkey sandwiches. It’s always something…

As much as I hate it the older I get, there’s just something about getting up early while all around is dark to prepare your bird and put it in the oven. I fondly remember hearing my mom get up on Christams morning very early to get the turkey in and seeing the Christmas tree all dark with only the tinsel (remember that?) noticeable in the darkened living room. To this day there’s still something about getting up in the middle of the night and seeing the Christmas tree without its lights on that brings a sense of quiet joy.

Some interesting Thanksgiving-related links courtesy of National Review Online’s Corner blog.

Took a walk around the neighborhood last night and saw three houses already with their Christmas lights up. Also met our new neighbors across the back wall. They seemed nice enough and complemented us on the recent trimming of our large mesquite tree. He mentioned that his next-door neighbor (also across our back wall, to his right) really needs to get his trees trimmed because of the amount of leaves on them. Not sure what kind of trees they are, but he, like me, has a swimming pool that captures just about evey leaf on those over-grown trees. Oughta be interesting to see how that goes!

With Thanksgiving so early this year I think folks putting up their lights today or this weekend are rushing it a bit. Still, it won’t stop me from putting up my own little 4′ metallic blue $17 tree on the back patio, however. As for the Christmas tree proper that can wait another week or more; no need to get crazy.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 00:50 | Comments (3)
  1. Best Buy online has 100.00 iTunes gift cards for 80.00….good deal since you are the commander of music downloads.

    I brined my turkey this year….AWESOME. You should try it and I can send you the recipe.

    My “elves” went out last night for the doorbuster sales and I had them get me an iPod 7….yep, no more Nano and now to spend hours and hours creating playlists and loading music onto it.

    Comment by Jana — November 23, 2012 @ 6:44 am

  2. As much as I personally think Thanksgiving ought to be a day for gathering family and friends around a big table I admit that the traditional idea is probably a thing of the past. Heck, my niece was opening her store at 9 PM because they figured they’d make around $3K between than and 9 AM on Friday, and another $3K on Friday proper. In addition, the reality is that families are spread all over the place and people want something out of Thanksgiving (and Christmas) more than the traditional concepts of what those day are, or were supposed to be. Who am I to paddle my jet-ski against the tides of the times? Things are what they are.

    We didn’t even eat our Thanksgiving dinner around the same table this year – Tracey and Tam were watching movies. Times change.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — November 23, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  3. My family still does the traditional everyone around the table…I love having friends and family at my dining table and try as often as possible to gather them, even if I have make up a reason. So, if you two can every get back here, meals will be at the table…promise!!!!

    Comment by Jana — November 23, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

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