Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that is normally spent with friends and family; a day dedicated to offering gratitude for all of our blessings, and a day of fine dining (or over-dining, sometimes), random sports or movies of choice.
This week is a little more challenging than normal for our Havana Herald family and my personal one.
Byron is off on vacation, so Nick and I will be holding down the fort at the paper during a week that seems to have half a dozen stories to cover every day of the week. It’s also the week that my father is having surgery for a hip replacement on Monday, and having been through this with his other hip, it’s likely he’ll spend a few days in the hospital and then be moved to rehab for a while. So, all the normal preparations at the house will go pretty much out of the window, as Mom, Rick and I wing it with the dinner itself on Thursday.
The actual Thursday repast itself has been modified over the years as our family grew older and moved farther apart. Two years ago, we broke with tradition and had Publix make our dinner for us. What a wonderful surprise that was! Oh, it wasn’t exactly like family-prepared dinners of yore, but the ease and plenty and great-tasting food without all of the hard work over a hot stove/oven were worth every penny of the $40.00 dinner. A ten- to twelve-pound turkey, cooked golden brown with all the ‘fixins’ brought delight from everyone who partook over the past two years. We’re hooked and Publix will once again be the purveyor of our Thanksgiving dinner 2013.
The following day, known for those of us in retail as ‘Black Friday’ because of the folks who head out to hunt for holiday-gift bargains and who will be shopping like mad, which can make or break a store’s season. We’ll be once again at the shop early to late to greet the customers who visit Havana for the weekend.
It’ll be another period of thankfulness for the season.
Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!
12 Reasons to be Thankful You Burnt the Turkey
1. Salmonella won't be a concern.
2. Everyone will think your turkey is Cajun blackened.
3. Uninvited guests will think twice next year.
4. Your cheese broccoli lima bean casserole will gain newfound appreciation.
5. Pets won't bother to pester you for scraps.
6. No one will overeat.
7. The smoke alarm was due for a test.
8. Carving the bird will provide a good cardiovascular workout.
9. You'll get to the desserts even quicker.
10. After dinner, the guys can take the bird to the yard and play football.
11. The less turkey Uncle You-Know-Who eats, the less likely he will be to walk around with his pants unbuttoned.
12. You won't have to face three weeks of turkey sandwiches.