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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    several ears of multi-colored corn

    I’m showing up in your inbox or social feed a day early to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. (that means no blog post tomorrow… this is it for the week)

    I don’t want to keep you long since you’re probably looking forward to spending the day with family and eating yourself stupid while watching the Lions lose. #ThanksgivingTradition #LionsLoseAgain(Probably)

    Or maybe you just want to get it over with so you can have pie and go home.

    Or maybe you’re staying in your jammies, binge watching something on Netflix and eating yourself into a pizza roll induced food coma. (To be honest, I’m a bit jealous if you are.)

    Whatever you’re doing, and however you’re doing it, I hope you make the most of it. I mean, what’s the alternative? Focus on the parts you don’t enjoy or aren’t happy about? That sounds like fun.

    Instead of giving you a list of potential things to be thankful for (partly because it’s cliche, and partly because I’ve done it), this year I want to give you a list of ways to make the most of however you’re spending the day.

    Spending the entire day with family

    • Play games you don’t normally get to play
    • Play games that are old favorites or traditions in your family
    • Catch up on family gossip… I mean news
    • Do a taste test and decide for yourself if red or white wine goes better with turkey (or vodka, tequila, rum, or whiskey) (or pilsner, ale, IPA, or stout)
    • Take a small (or big) piece of each pie. I mean, you wouldn’t want to be accused of favoritism, right?
    • Get your a** handed to you by your 83 year old mother while playing Cards Against Humanity (or maybe that’s just me)
      • It seriously gives me some very funny stories, most of which are not repeatable in polite company. Now, if one of my sisters kicked my a** at CAH, I don’t think I would find that nearly as funny or as fun
      • Side note: This proves that my twisted sense of humor is entirely genetic because my mother never showed any signs of being even a little bit suited for playing Cards Against Humanity until she sat down to play with us 3 years ago. We may have needed to define a few of the “edgier” terms for her, but she took those and ran with them. And ran, and ran, and ran… Kicked our butts the first time she ever played, and every time since.
        Anyway, back to you…
    • Revel in the fact that someone else had to cook the ginormous meal… OR…
    • Revel in the fact that every dish was prepared just the way you like it
    • Commiserate with the family when the Lions lose… again

    Hit (the Pie) and Run

    • Spend just enough time with family to fulfill their expectations or your desire to see them
    • Eat a lot of homemade pie… I mean food, that you didn’t have to make. Ok, I mean pie.
    • Enjoy as much time as you can get doing whatever you want
    • If you have more than one celebration to hit and run – Enjoy the best, and avoid the worst, of multiple meals and get togethers
    • If you have more than one celebration to hit and run – Use the other as an excuse to leave extra early or arrive late

    Alone or with immediate family

    • Get up whenever you want, or not at all
    • Wear whatever you want, or nothing at all
    • Eat whatever you want
    • Watch whatever you want, or nothing at all
    • Revel in the fact that you don’t have to listen to Uncle Repetition tell the same stories he always tells
    • Revel in the fact that you don’t have to listen to Aunt Bitchalot tell you everything that’s wrong with you, your siblings, your parents, the host, the food, etc.
    • Revel in the fact that there will be NO political argument because you won’t be seeing Grandpa Yellsalot

    That’s what I’ve got for y’all.

    Now, I’d love to know how you made the most of today. Tell me about it in the comments.