Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Holiday

Travel Day
Today is the busiest travel day of the year. I heard this every year I traveled back home when I was in college. And as a busy day, it was a deadly day. Now I hear that the President is making the holiday travel better. Our president.

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." - President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

I have traveled by plane on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and it is sort of thrilling. As long as you don't care if you actually make it to our destination.

Thanksgiving Day
I love going to other relatives for Thanksgiving. I enjoy the food, of course, but it is more than that. It is that all of us are spending time together, to pull together a meal that lasts for hours.

I don't know how your relatives do this, but we eat about 1:00 PM, and the initial dinner lasts a couple of hours, more or less. But it does not really end. After dessert, and having the men retire to football (yes, both the Detroit and Dallas games), we clean up and do a bit of catching up. This is the good conversations. Not the stiff beginning conversation.

We talk about relatives that are not there, about past Thanksgivings, about our plans from "Dark Friday" to New Years. And it is a lot of fun. And by the time the dinner is put away, it seems that we are informally eating dinner. Not that we stopped eating when putting dinner away.

Thanksgiving is great. And after the chemicals from the turkey kick in, we take little naps throughout the rest of the visit. Being relatives, it is nice to be talking to someone, and then dozing off to sleep on the couch. A wonderful feeling.

Black Friday
Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, is an adventure. Now, I don't normally participate in the events. I love going shopping the day after Christmas. That was the shopping day when I was growing up. I love Christmas ornaments, and that is the best time to shop for them.

Now, I like shopping, and I really like Christmas shopping, but Black Friday is not my kind of day. I like strolling, watching people, as well as shopping, and I like doing it on sporadic days during December.

Well, I don't thing I will be posting Thursday or Friday since I will be taking the days off. Happy Thanksgiving!


Anonymous said...

Leesa, I got here through your link on your flickr photostream and just wanted to say that I like your wry sense of humor. Good luck on the writing ... you're off to a great start.

Robert (no standing still)

Ian Lidster said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, dear friend. May it be all that you wish it to be.

kathi said...

Happy Thanksgiving hon, hope y'all have a wonderful day.

Advizor said...

Happy Thanksgiving? Is it November already? Crap, I've got to buy a turkey.....

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Go eat yourself into a coma. :p

- Grant

RWA said...

Happy Thanksgiving.

Leesa said...

robert: good start? Wonder what I have been doing for the last couple of years.

ian: Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

kathi: Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

advizor: Happy Thanksgiving. And you can save the turkey for Christmas if you would like.

grant: I was comatose.

rwa: Thanks, sweetie. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

~Deb said...

People are so into this black Friday thing. I can’t. With my agoraphobia, I’d need a bottle of Ketel One to tide me over and then I’ll be ok.

Believe it or not, I read on a news article online that the tryptophan found in turkey, which makes us sleepy isn’t what causes us to be sleepy. It’s the tryptophan found in the side dishes as well, the glucose found in desserts as well as the fatty foods served up along side the bird. In fact, I find myself eating less of the turkey than I do with all the other stuff. We become complete gluttons for one day (some lasts longer than others of course, heh) and the overindulgence is what causes that lethargic feeling.

Anyway, I’m always tired. Figure that one out!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that you’re home safe and cozy on this beautiful black Friday….

Dr. Deb said...

I enjoy Thanksgiving. It's one of those days where no realy gifts are given. Just the presence of others and stories and love and all that jazz.