T’was The Week of Thanksgiving

Okay, here we are.  It’s the week of Thanksgiving.  You know, Thanksgiving has a lot of pressure on it because it has a difficult task of holding back Christmas until its day has passed.  Okay, don’t tell Thanksgiving but Christmas stuff is already on the shelves at the stores and “Black Friday” sales have already started.  Even the Hallmark Channel started showing Christmas movies non-stop BEFORE Halloween.  Okay, I’m guilty of watching.  Don’t be a hater.

It used to be that the day after Thanksgiving kicked off all the Christmas season hoopla but now it is barely contained by Halloween.  It won’t be long until it will spread to Labor Day at this rate.

Back to this week.  For most people it will be a short week or three days of work and then a day of work on Friday.  Yesterday, my wife and I were at a store and she heard the cashier let out a deep sigh and bellow “next in line”.   We laughed because if she thinks it’s bad now, Friday is going to be a whole new experience for her.  She hasn’t seen anything yet.

Yes, the craziness is just beginning.  Get ready for it.

I am hopeful that I will avoid going to any physical stores on Friday.  I’m going to try to get my online shopping going or at least get my ideas together.

As for Thanksgiving, it will be a nice, quiet day at home without turkey.  Yes, I know, what a scandal NOT to eat turkey on Thanksgiving.  I’m not much into doing the same thing every year.  I never have liked turkey anyway.  So, we will probably go with a non-Thanksgiving traditional meal.  Unless there is some Honey Baked Ham, there might not be any meat involved at all.  So while the rest of the country is drifting into a turkey-induced coma after their meal, I hope to be awake and watching Christmas movies (okay, there may be a Thanksgiving movie on).

Another Thanksgiving tradition is football.  Let’s see who we have on the schedule this year…Minnesota at Detroit, Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas and New York Giants at Washington.  I’m sorry but none of these are appealing to me.

This morning the traffic report on the news said that the traffic would be light.  It wasn’t.  It wasn’t much different than any other day despite the fact that schools are out this week.  Thankfully, we won’t be on the roads and trying to get anywhere for Thanksgiving.

We are also trying to get our groceries early and not wait until Wednesday.  Have you ever been in a grocery store on Thanksgiving eve?  You will need assistance from air traffic control to maneuver your way around the store to get everything you need.  If it’s the traditional Thanksgiving meal, you might be out of luck.  You’re gonna end up with a Cornish hen instead of a turkey.

I scanned my radio stations and no one is playing Christmas tunes – yet.  So, it looks like they are holding back until Friday.

In the old days (a few years ago), stores didn’t even open on Thanksgiving day.  It was all about the build up for the early morning “door busters” that retailers psyched us up about.   Walmart, Toys R Us, Target and Best Buy are among the list of 20 retail stores that will open their doors on Thanksgiving Day.

Friday night I will be tuning into my high school football playoff game.  My favorite team is playing a quarterfinal round game this week.  Yes, I know it’s the day after Thanksgiving but they do still play these games even during the Holiday weekend.

It’s going to be a crazy week.

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