With the holidays fast approaching, I thought that in today’s blog we’d talk about Thanksgiving, which is less than a week away.
Fulltime RVers and RV snowbirds have a lot of options when it comes to celebrating the holidays, depending on their personal preferences, where they happen to be spending the holiday, and how much (or little) effort they want to put into it. Some get together with friends for dinner, many go to potlucks at their RV parks, some are fortunate enough to have family nearby that they spend the holiday with, and some go out to dinner.
I’ve been told that I’m weird (like that’s any news flash), because Thanksgiving is probably my least favorite holiday. It always has been. Even as a kid, I was never comfortable in large groups of people, and Thanksgiving always involved a lot of family and extended family showing up. The women were stuck in the kitchen all day cooking, the house was overrun with people, and then, after hours of preparation, we sat down at the table (which was loaded with food I really don’t care for), and everybody stuffed themselves to the point of gluttony.
Then the men drug themselves to the couch to watch endless football games on TV, and I don’t like watching ball games. Meanwhile, there was no rest for those same ladies who had worked so hard to prepare the meal; they were in the kitchen cleaning up afterward! I think I’d have liked Thanksgiving even less if I were a woman! The only one having a worse time than them is the turkey!
I was a single parent for many years, and my son always thought it was cool that we threw a couple of steaks on the grill on Thanksgiving Day. In later years, I was just as happy to go out to a buffet somewhere, and let somebody else prepare dinner and clean up afterward.
Of course, now that I am married to the best cook in the world, things have changed. Even though we have dined out frequently on past Thanksgivings, this year we’re doing things differently. We have received several invitations to dinner, which we appreciate, but we plan to have a quiet day here at home, just the two of us. We both prefer white meat, so Terry wants to cook a turkey breast, and she’ll have some other goodies to go with it. And thanks to the wonders of satellite television, Tivo, and DVD players, I imagine I can find something to watch besides a football game. At least I hope so!
Yeah, I know, the holiday really isn’t about the food, it’s about taking a moment to be thankful for all that we have in life. But let’s be honest, for most of us, it’s the food. I don’t need a turkey to die, or a date on a calendar, to remind me that I have been very blessed in this life.
What Thanksgiving means to me, probably more than anything, is that it kicks off the four week period where I do everything I can to avoid a trip to WalMart, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, or any other big box store. As I wrote in Tuesday’s blog about Golden Corral’s free dinner for veterans, I won’t even stand in line for a free meal. Do you think I’m going to do it to spend money?
So that’s my planned holiday. How do you plan to spend Turkey Day?
Thought For The Day – I’m a firm believer that sometimes it’s right to do the wrong thing.